Jessye Norman to receive the coveted AFUWI Bob Marley Award

1/16/2014, 4:56 p.m.
The American Foundation for the University of the West Indies (AFUWI) will hold its 17th annual Legacy Awards Gala at ...
Jessye Norman

Continuing its rich legacy of advocacy and philanthropy on behalf of students at the University of the West Indies (UWI), the American Foundation for the University of the West Indies (AFUWI) will on Wednesday, Jan. 29, hold its 17th annual Legacy Awards Gala at the Pierre Hotel in New York City, beginning with cocktails at 6 p.m.  The star-studded event will be under the auspices of Honorary Patron Harry Belafonte, Honorary Chairs Dr. Answorth A. Allen and former Mayor David N. Dinkins, Dinner Patron Kaye Foster-Cheek and Gala Chair Janet Rollé. Our Master and Mistresses of Ceremonies are Maurice DuBois, Lori Stokes and Susan L. Taylor.

This year, the recipient of the esteemed AFUWI Bob Marley Award is world-renowned, five-time Grammy Award-winning opera singer and recitalist Jessye Norman. The Bob Marley Award is bestowed on individuals “whose contribution to the advancement of arts and culture transcends boundaries of race, color, creed and geographies.” Proceeds from the gala are used to support some of the brightest students from across the Caribbean region at the university’s four campuses who face dire financial circumstances that threaten their ability to access a college education.

A major component of the gala is the recognition of those who are standard-bearers in our community and whose accomplishments are worthy of emulation. This year’s recipients of the Caribbean Luminary Award are Gail E. D. Brathwaite, executive vice president and chief operating officer of NewAlliance Bancshares Inc.; Haitian-American couture jewelry designer Michelle Elie; and Dr. Velma Scantlebury-White, the first African-American female transplant surgeon in the U.S.

The recipients of the Vice Chancellor’s Achievement Award are Nick Charles, director of communications for Local Initiative Support Corporation NYC and the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund; Elinor R. Tatum, publisher and editor-in-chief of the New York Amsterdam News; and Dr. Dwight Williams, board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

For additional information, please contact AFUWI at 212-759-9345 or visit