Atlanta, Ga: On Wednesday, June 1, 2016, over 300 guests packed the Porter Standford Performing Arts III and Community Center. In attendance, was the Who’s Who of the Atlanta, including representatives Invest Atlanta/Department of International Affairs, DeKalb County City Council, and Caribbean-American leaders living in the Atlanta Metropolitan area. The purpose of this special event was the annual Grace Kennedy and Western Union Town Hall Meeting, the topic of discussion was Caribbean Diaspora-#Borderless Possibilities.
The annual event was previously hosted in South Florida, New York, and Canada. However, this year the event moved to Atlanta, Ga, due to the rapidly growing Caribbean-American population. The Atlanta Metropolitan area has over 200,000 Caribbean-Americans including native Caribbean people and their descendants.
The event was hosted by local ABC (WSBTV) news personality Mrs. Wendy Corona. Grace Kennedy and Western Union also focused it’s attention on giving back to the Diaspora, with its scholarship program. After reviving it’s popular Jamaican Birthright program in 2015, Grace Kennedy announced that applications for the 2016 period are still open in the month of June. The aim of the program is to expose second and third generation Jamaican university students to a diversified Jamaican experience through music, social activities and professional tutelage through internships at Grace Kennedy.
Atlanta residents can take advantage of a special Western Union rate of only $5.00 when they send money to Jamaica. The Town Hall Meetings will continue in the UK during June 6-11, 2016.