Jerome Hutchinson Jr., president and CEO of ICABA Media Holdings LLC recently announced that his company will recognize Caribbean Americans with a “coffee table-worthy publication” to be called ICABA Salutes South Florida’s 100 Most Accomplished Caribbean Americans. The 350-page full-color glossy publication will debut this summer at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
“This book will be one of the biggest we have produced so far,” said Hutchinson, whose company recently identified and published a book about South Florida’s most accomplished black executives, professional and academicians. Its latest publication will include individuals who could have heritage from any of 28 Caribbean island nations, though U.S. citizenship and residency are required.
Hutchinson said the idea started germinating about two years ago and took root a year or so later. “I have honored Caribbean Americans in other publications but have never focused totally on this community,” he said. “I knew way back that I wanted to do something.”
Already the publisher, which prides itself on identifying, connecting and celebrating accomplished blacks in South Florida, has lined up support from several islands consulates and community leaders. Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness, along with Jamaican Consul General Sandra Grant-Griffiths, Haiti Consul General Francois Guillaume and Bahamas Consul General Rhoda Jackson, attended the kickoff reception and announcement.
“The Caribbean is the gateway to the Americas and there has been a migration to the South Florida area since the 1920s,” Grant-Griffiths pointed out. “So it’s nice to see that individuals who have been making significant contributions be recognized in this way.”
[. . .] The book’s foreword will be written by South Florida attorney and community activist Marlon Hill. When Hill heard of the proposed publication, he immediately lent his support to it. In the foreword, he plans to tell the story of how all the people with Caribbean heritage are tied by a region yet still have their own national individuality.
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