Joseph H. Lake, Jr. Receives St. Martin Culture and Heritage Award

Jacqueline Sample, president of House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP) writes that Joseph H. Lake, Jr. received a press freedom award on St. Martin Day 2012. The senior media man and political scientist received the ‘St. Martin Culture and Heritage Award’ for his ‘Outstanding Dedication to Mass Media Development, Press Freedom and Significant Contribution to Political Thought.’

Sample said, “HNP would like to extend its heartfelt congratulations to Joseph H. Lake, Jr.  Junior has been a strong and tireless advocate for advancing media independence. He has been deeply involved with the St. Martin media as a redoubtable journalist, editor, publisher, and political commentator for 39 years.”

The press release goes on to explain that Lake is the author of two books published by HNP, Friendly Anger – The Rise of the Labor Movement in St. Martin and The Republic of St. Martin. Also, his essay “Slavery and Independence” appeared in The Independence Papers – Readings on a New Political Status for St. Maarten/St. Martin, Vol. 1.

Nine people received St. Martin Day awards from the Collectivity of St. Martin (COM), for their dedication and service specifically to their village or to the island nation as a whole, said Minerva Dormory, head of the COM Department of Culture, who was also quoted as saying that “As far as our culture and heritage go, what we do on St. Martin Day is also what the people of St. Martin inspire us to do.”

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