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“I am so proud to be Jamaican … I bow down to my lineage, to my heritage, to my history and to my belonging."

“We celebrate all the goodness birthed by the island itself. We celebrate you. And we celebrate me. And we celebrate our powerful and beautiful island family! I am so proud to be Jamaican.”

— Kerry Washington says she is proud of her Jamaican heritage in a letter read by her mother Dr. Valerie Washington during the 57th Jamaica Independence Black Tie Gala at the Hilton Westchester hotel in Rye, New York on Aug. 10th. Dr. Washington accepted the Artistic Achievement Award on Kerry’s behalf for her role as Olivia Pope in Scandal. Kerry is currently filming the TV mini-series Little Fires Everywhere, which is based on Celeste Ng’s novel of the same name. She is also appearing in American Son on Broadway.