Stephen ‘Cat’ Coore receives Caribbean Heritage Luminary Award
Co-founder of Jamaica’s legendary Third World Band, now celebrating 50 years, Stephen ‘Cat’ Coore, was among 11 members of the Caribbean diaspora to be recognised last Friday by the Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) for outstanding achievement in various fields.
Coore was presented with the Caribbean-American Heritage Luminary Award by Jamaica’s ambassador to the United States, Audrey Marks, at the 30th Caribbean-American Heritage Awards held at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington DC, on Saturday, November 18.
In presenting the award, she said Cat Coore, as part of Third World, has been thrilling the hearts of Jamaicans the world over for 50 years, and not only in song, but he truly is the ‘reggae ambassador’.
“Reggae music is one of Jamaica’s biggest exports, and Third World is one of its biggest exponents. I am pleased and proud tonight to present the Luminary Award to one of Jamaica’s musical ambassadors, Mr. Stephen ‘Cat’ Coore,” Ambassador Marks declared.
She used the occasion to congratulate the Institute of Caribbean Studies on its 30th Annual Caribbean Award, noting that since its inception in 1993, ICS has constantly served as a pillar of support for the Caribbean-American community.
“Through its dedication and hard work, the ICS has brought significant attention to the rich contributions of Caribbean heritage and culture in American society and history. It is in this regard that I commend the ICS for this initiative.”
“I am of the firm view that it is imperative that we give recognition to and celebrate the invaluable contributions of Caribbean nationals to their adopted homeland here in the United States. I am, therefore, particularly pleased that three Jamaicans have been honoured at this year’s ceremony for their dedication to their respective fields of endeavour and contributions to the rich mosaic of American culture.”
Michael Blake was recognised for his Outstanding Public Service Award and Jacky Wright copped the Trailblazer Award.
Founder of ICS, Dr. Claire Nelson, said the Institute’s vision is dedicated to education, advocacy and action on issues that impact the holistic well-being of Caribbean Americans. Among the honorees were: Barbadian Leah Marville who received the Vanguard Award; Guyanese Richie Etwaru, who got the excellence in Science and Technology Award; Haitian Cleve Mesidor, who received the outstanding entrepreneur Award; Trinidad and Tobago’s Lincoln Phillips, who received the Marcus Garvey Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Sports; St. Vincent and The Grenadines’ Stuart Archibald, who received the outstanding Contribution to Corporate America Award; and Team Antigua Island Girls - Christal Clashing, Kevinia Francis and Samara Ammanuel - who received the Forerunner Award.