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AJA CELEBRATES 40 YEARS OF COMMUNITY SERVICE
For immediate Release – Atlanta, GA March 2017
The Atlanta Jamaican Association Inc., (AJA), launched the celebration of its 40th anniversary since its inception in October 1997, with the recognition of Black History Month, in a presentation by founding member and former AJA
president, Rev. Dr Noel Erskine, Professor of Ethics and Theology at Emory University on February 12. This will
be followed by a series of fundraising, educational, and cultural activities, culminating in a thanksgiving
ceremony on Sunday October 8 as we commemorate 40 Years Abroad, 55 Years A Yard. As the
premier Jamaican organization in southeast USA, the AJA has continued with its mission of
helping the less fortunate in metro Atlanta and Jamaica. In his address to the Annual General
Meeting in January, President Alan Stewart reiterated that the AJA remains committed to the
establishment of a permanent home for the organization, to serve also as a Caribbean Resource
The AJA has been resolute in participating in programs that serve the needy; expanding its scholarship program to
students in Jamaica; assisting Teen Challenge Jamaica, an organization working to rehabilitate those battling drug
addiction; donating to Open Heart Charitable Mission in Montego Bay, Jamaica and the Cornwall Regional
Hospital; achieving its annual goals in the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life; and fulfilling its
humanitarian role to families who have been bereaved or experienced sudden financial incapacitation due to
serious illness or trauma.
AJA will participate in the Caribbean Heritage Month celebrations along with other organizations beginning with
the Opening Ceremony at Atlanta City Hall. The much anticipated AJA Annual Building Fund Walk-a-ton will
take place on May 6, while the scintillating evening of Jazz by the Lake will take place on June 17. As part of our
Independence celebrations, the Cultural Committee is planning a concert for August 10
In collaboration with the AJ Cultural and Educational Fund, this year’s signature event, the
Annual Independence Ball and Scholarship Awards—a black-tie affair- will be held at the
Sheraton Atlanta Hotel, on Saturday, August 12, with a cocktail reception at 6 pm, followed by
dinner, a program and dancing. Guest speaker for the evening will be Jamaica’s Ambassador to
the United States, Her Excellency Audrey Marks. We encourage everyone to plan to get tickets
early, as we expect this to be a sold out event.
Please visit www.atlantajamaicanassociation.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Like us https://www.facebook.com/atlantajamaicanassociation.
Call (404)436-1427 for more information on this and other AJA activities.
The AJA considers the volunteer spirit of the hard working individuals and generous businesses who help the
association realize its goals as a very important sacrifice. Consequently, an annual Family Day Picnic will be held
on Sunday August 25, to say thanks. The Cultural and PR Committees are spearheading AJA’s participation in the
Gwinnett Multicultural Festival on April 29 and the DeKalb International Food and Music Festival on October 14.
Not to be missed is the final celebration for the year, the AJA Annual Christmas Party on Saturday December 2.
Other events in the planning stage – some in collaboration with other organizations – will be announced as soon
as they are finalized.
The Atlanta Jamaican Association is a non-profit 501(c)(4) organization. The AJ Cultural and Educational Fund is
a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and donations are tax deductible.
Disclosure : The AJA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability,
marital status, sexual orientation or military status in any of its activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and
welcoming environment for all members of our community, clients, vendors and volunteers.
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