Civil Rights Icon Ambassador Andrew Young to receive the 2019 Marcus Garvey Leadership Award

Civil Rights Icon Ambassador Andrew Young to Receive the 2019 Marcus Garvey Leadership Award


Civil Rights Icon Ambassador Andrew Young to Receive the 2019 Marcus Garvey Leadership Award

Ambassador Andrew Young 2019 Marcus Garvey Leadership Award Honoree, Caribbean American Cultural Arts Foundation

ATLANTAJune 13, 2019,/PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — The Board of the Caribbean American Cultural Arts Foundation, Inc., (CACAF) is excited to announce that Civil Rights Icon and Global Humanitarian, Ambassador Andrew Young, Jr., will be the recipient of the 2019 Marcus Garvey Leadership Award. A celebration in his honor along with seven other honorees will take place at 6 p.m. on June 29th at the Captains of Industry Gala at the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta.

Ambassador Young is being recognized for his work to galvanize and strengthen all communities; including the Caribbean-American community. He carries a prolific list of achievements that include serving as a US Diplomat, Former Mayor of Atlanta, Former Congressman, Pastor and most notably an activist in the campaign for civil rights in the United States; where he served as a friend and ally to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Ambassador Young has been a committed friend to the Caribbean and Africa. In 1996, he co-founded GoodWorks International, a consulting firm focused on advising responsible and sustainable business development in Africa and the Caribbean. U.S. Virgin Island native and Chairman of CACAF, Michael Thomas, said, “Ambassador Young is an example to us all. He exemplifies what it means to be transformative. He is a man of profound character and a deep abiding faith with a constant eye toward improving the lives of people in Africa and across the diaspora. He is a true humanitarian and worthy of every honor.”

Ambassador Young leads the 2019 class of honorees that include:

  • Ivan Shammas, General Manager & General Sales Manager, Telemundo Atlanta
  • Melissa Proctor, Chief Marketing Officer, Atlanta Hawks
  • Rep. Donna McLeodGeorgia House of Representatives, Dist. 105
  • Jackie Hawthorne, Co-Founder, Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill
  • Nicole Roebuck-Warner, Executive Director, AID Atlanta
  • Lars Minns, Head of Human Resources, NAFTA Region, Mercedes-Benz USA
  • Rony Delgarde, Founder & CEO, Global Paint for Charity, Inc.

The Captains of Industry Awards & Gala will also celebrate grassroots organizations doing transformative work within the community to help Caribbean-Americans. “Their work is impressive, and their commitment is extraordinary. They are the guardians of our community and we want to make sure that they are honored for their efforts,” said Thomas.

The evening will include a sumptuous VIP reception hosted by event Chairwoman, The Honorable Marva Jacobs, Consul of Guyana to the State of Georgia and the 2019 Master of Ceremonies Jamaican-born Radio Personality & Hip-Hop Star, Chubb Rock. Guests will enjoy a silent auction complete with custom Caribbean artwork, a getaway to an exotic island destination and flights furnished by JetBlue.

Sponsors include Infiniti Global Media, Costco, Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill, Grace Foods, JetBlue, Bahamas Tourism and USVI Tourism.

The Caribbean American Cultural Arts Foundation is a 501©3 tax exempt organization founded in 2016 by Michael Thomas. The foundation supports hurricane response and recovery and provides educational mentorship programs to young people seeking higher education. In addition, the foundation focuses on the study, advancement and presentation of Caribbean arts, culture and humanities. To learn more about the work of the Caribbean American Cultural Arts Foundation, visit

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