History-making Jamaican-American attorney flies the flag high at celebratory activities
Showing off the black, green and gold Jamaican colours as they mark the 60th anniversary of Independence are attorney Alison Smith (left) and Judge Jackie Powell.

The Jamaican Diaspora in the United States went all out to celebrate the island's 60th anniversary of Independence with a variety of activities that collectively put Jamaica on show.

Fully endorsing the Jubilee celebrations, Jamaican-American attorney Alison Smith, the first black woman to head the almost 100-year-old Broward County Bar Association, attended many of the activities in South Florida.

Opposition Leader Mark Golding was in town to mark the Jubilee occasion and had breakfast with leaders in Miramar.

A small group of prominent local attorneys also met with Golding and his delegation to discuss ways in which the legal system in Jamaica could benefit from innovations in place in the US.

Smith was a special guest at a gala hosted by the Jamaica United Relief Association under the patronage of Consul General Oliver Mair at the Marriott Fort Lauderdale.

She climaxed her tour of activities by attending Sunday's annual Independence celebration at a church here.

Alison Smith gets a photo op with Consul General Oliver Mair.
Alison Smith is hosted by Jamaica's Opposition Leader Mark Golding.
Poster announcing Jamaican Grand Gala in Florida
Jamaican-American attorneys in Florida celebrate the island's 60th aninverary by hopping from activity to activity in full endorsement of the Jubilee events. From left are Alison Smith, history-making first black woman president of the century-old Broward County Bar Association; Judge Jackie Powell, first Jamaican woman judge in Broward and native of Franklin Town in east Kingston; and Charise Morgan-Joseph.

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