CaribWorldNews, BROOKLYN, NY, Thurs. Aug. 12, 2010: Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Chaplain to Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth, II, had a special message for Jamaicans in New York who gathered Sunday to mark the country`s 48th year of independence.
Hudson-Wilkin, speaking at a thanksgiving service in honor of the event at the Beulah Church of the Nazarene, in Brooklyn, on August 8th, said Bob Marley was correct when he said `we need to `emancipate ourselves from mental slavery.`
`We need to truly emancipate ourselves,` said the outspoken reverend. She also offered a word of advice for Jamaica`s future. `You and I must make a resolve to be the best, under God, that you and I can be,` said the reverend.
Rev. Hudson-Wilkin also urged nationals: `Let it never be said that we can`t. We can, not just as athletes and musicians, but in all walks of life.`
For her part, Jamaica`s Consul General to New York, Geneive Metzger, said the Diaspora was crucial to the economic and social viability and the future of Jamaica, adding that serious inroads were being made in stemming crime and corruption.
`This will bode well for attracting investments and for encouraging each Jamaican citizen with regard to the outlook for the future,` she said.
Dignitaries representing various countries also came to pay their respects to the country. They included representatives from Haiti, St. Vincent and St. Lucia. Local politicians included Congresswoman, Yvette Clarke, representing Brooklyn, and her Jamaican-born mother, former New York City Council member, Una S.T. Clarke. Jamaican-born Yvonne Graham, Deputy Borough President of Brooklyn, was also present at the celebration.