For the past 40 years, the AFJ has honored individuals and companies who are dedicated to service in Jamaica. This year, it is our distinguished honor to announce Cedella Marley as the
International Humanitarian Award recipient to be presented at the Hummingbird Gala on Friday, September 23, 2022 at the Plaza Hotel in New York.
As the first born of Bob and Rita Marley, Cedella Marley is a descendant of reggae royalty. As an accomplished singer, an inspiring author, fashion designer and visionary entrepreneur, Cedella oversees Marley Holdings, a Marley family entity that manages all aspects of the Bob Marley rights, including the rights to Bob’s name and likeness. In addition, she oversees all the Marley related businesses in Jamaica and is the Director of the Bob Marley Foundation, the Marley family’s charitable organization whose mission is to carry on the life and legacy of Bob Marley. Cedella is also the ambassador to the Reggae Girlz, Jamaica’s national women’s football team.
The American Friends of Jamaica is a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to supporting Jamaican charitable organizations and social initiatives working to improve the lives of Jamaicans through systemic development in the areas of education, health care and economic development.
Founded in 1982 by a handful of Jamaicans and Americans who loved Jamaica and wanted to see it prosper, the organization has created a legacy of philanthropy dedicated to the people of Jamaica, raising over U$14 million to date on behalf of Jamaica’s non-profit and charitable organizations.
The American Friends of Jamaica seeks to improve the lives of Jamaicans by supporting initiatives that advance self-sufficiency, promote healthy communities and strengthen the nation.
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