World renowned a capella ensemble, Sweet Honey In The Rock, headlined this year’s Blues on The Green, held February 27, 2015. The Grammy-Award winning group entertained the over 3500 persons in attendance and stimulated thought through their rich musical tones, artistic style and delivery which included the use of sign language.
Sweet Honey in the Rock is an all-woman, African-American ensemble that has been producing music for more than three decades. Though the membership of the group has evolved over time, their music continues to weave together contemporary rhythms and narratives. The globe-trotting group has performed in Australia, various parts of Africa, numerous cities across the United States and visited Jamaica immediately following a multi-city tour of Peru.
Blues on The Green is the U.S. Embassy’s signature cultural event, held as part of celebrations commemorating African-American History Month. During this month, Americans reflect on their ongoing advances towards social inclusion and the elimination of racial inequality. As part of its commitment to equal citizenship, the Embassy also invited patrons to donate educational tools to the Nathan Ebanks Foundation which promotes inclusion, participation, empowerment and equal opportunities for children with disabilities and special educational needs aged zero to 18. This was well supported by the public.
Regarding Blues On The Green, Joshua Polacheck, the Embassy’s Counselor for Public Affairs, said “it is a cultural dialogue to spark a discussion on inclusiveness in Jamaica and in the United States. I hope this gets everyone thinking about what it means to respect all people.”
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