The Institute for Caribbean Studies (ICS), a Caribbean Community Think Tank in Washington DC, last weekend honoured a number of Caribbean Nationals for their work in the community.
Among those honoured at the institute's eighth annual Caribbean Heritage Awards ceremony were Trinidadian calypsonian, Slinger Francisco, the Mighty Sparrow; Yolanda Simon, a pioneer in public health and Don Rojas, founder/publisher of the Black World Radio Network.
Sparrow received the Marcus Garvey Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contribution to mankind using a combination of talent, hard work and opportunity in his ascendance to being an extraordinary entertainer.
ICS described Sparrow as one "who has brought honour, glory and dignity to an indigenous art form that was once scorned by the elite of Caribbean society.
"He has proved himself to be the quintessential calypsonian, par excellence," ICS said in a statement on Monday.