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Strong Black Women

In April 2019, the Rita Marley Foundation(JA) launched its inaugural Song Writing Competition, for high schoolers.

The theme, Strong Black Women & Their Role in History. Results were announced on International Reggae Day, July 1.

Ardenne High School’s Afaya Pollack emerged overall winner-awarded $50,000 cash.

The Foundation enlisted master producer/musician Asley ‘Grub’ Cooper, to create a musical masterpiece, with the winning piece. On Friday November 15, Afaya Pollack and York Castle High School’s Shawvick Barrett(3rd place finalist) were in studio, with Grub, recording the song.

We invite you to download this track with and/or without vocals.

Please share your singing and/or dancing along to the tune with us! We would like to share your enjoyment of the song on our social sites.

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Our Thanks

Wholehearted thanks to Dr. Rita Marley, President/Founder Rita Marley Foundation,
Stephanie Marley(Director), Rosemary Duncan(Manager) & the incredible judging panel:
Ms. Beverley Lashley, CEO, National Library of Jamaica; Mr. Vernon Derby, Media Personality, Nationwide News Network 90FM; Dr. Keino Senior,Dean School of Arts Management and Humanities (SAMH) Edna Manley College of the Visual & Performing Arts; Dr. Michael Harris, Director of Studies at Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts.

Happy Easter

Kristos Tensae Emutan
Melkam Tensae!
Christ rose from the dead.
Happy Easter!

From: Dr. Rita Marley (LITT/OD)
& The entire Team at the Rita Marley Foundation (Jamaica & Ghana)

Heartfelt Thanks to St. Isaacs Basic School, Jamaica for the gorgeous Easter Card!

Second Annual Essay Competition


The Rita Marley Foundation (Jamaica) 2nd Annual Essay Competition

The Rita Marley Foundation (JA) recently launched its 2nd annual Essay Competition with participating schools issuing the essay theme and competition guidelines to students.

This year’s theme:

“If you are selected to address world leaders on behalf of the youth, what would be your message and why.”

Invitations were sent to numerous high schools. Seven accepted and will be represented by the following students:

York Castle High

Antonio Hall
grade 10, (15 years old)
Rodene Sylvester
grade 11 (16 years old)
Shakera Duncan
grade 10 (15 years old)
Nathaniel Graham
grade 10 (15 years old)

Haile Selassie High School

Haile Selassie
Takeen Evens
grade 10 (16 years old)

Wolmer’s Boys’ School

Aldane Walters
6th Form (17 years old)
Keanu Solan
6th Form (17 years old)
Mikhail Williams
6th Form (17 years old)

William Knibb Memorial High

Nastassia Grossett
grade 11, (17 years old)

Glenmuir High School

Antonica Clarke
grade 10 (15 years old)
Bianca Harrison
grade 10 (15 years old)

Marcus Garvey Technical

Marcus Garvey
Swayne Josephs
grade 8M, (13 years old)
Marcus Garvey
Shenelle Dias
grade 8M, (13 years old)

Papine High School

Mellisa Gooden
grade 10
Tia Rutherford
grade 10
Tika Rutherford
grade 10


  • Essays will be submitted to the Foundation on June 1st and assessed by a distinguished panel of judges.
  • Winners will be revealed at an awards ceremony slated for July 1.
  • Trophies and prizes will be issued to the top three performing schools and individual writers/
  • The 1st place essay will be published in Harambe, the Rita Marley Foundation newsletter.

In February, the Rita Marley Foundation (JA) held a highly successful 1st annual public speaking competition at the University of the West Indies, Mona.