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JAMPACT Hosts Book Signing in Celebration of Black History Month
Jamaican authors share their personal journey of triumph despite all odds

New York, NY, February 7, 2007 - In celebration of Black History month, Jamaica Impact Inc. "JAMPACT" hosts the 'Despite All Odds' Book Signing, Sunday, February 25 th at the quaint Downtown Brooklyn Caribbean restaurant, Sapodilla, 1 - 4 p.m. The two featured authors are original bobsled team member, Devon Harris and long time JAMPACT member Dr. Kathleen Watson.

"JAMPACT continues its ongoing effort to bring quality programming and events to our members and friends," stated President Carl Heron. "...and in acknowledgment of Black History month, we want to highlight fellow Caribbean people who can speak about their own experiences in overcoming adversities."

International motivational speaker, Devon Harris is also a three-time Winter Olympian and captain of the Jamaican Bobsled team, 'Cool Runnings.' Harris welcomed the opportunity to address fellow Jamaicans on his new book, befittingly titled "Yes I Can."

Through his semi-autobiography book, Harris specifically targets children between the ages of 7 and 11 in hopes of building their self esteem by sharing his dogged determination and belief in himself and his teammates and encouraging them to dream the impossible. "Yes I Can" references Harris' personal experiences during his team's 4 month journey to the 1988 Winter Olympic Games in Calvary, Canada. Although the team did not win any medals, they won the hearts of many around the world, as depicted in the heart warming 1993 film, Cool Runnings.

Dr. Kathleen Watson makes her authorial debut with colleague and co-author, Don Maclaren on "The Road Back." Eleven years ago, Dr. Watson, a successful Rehabilitation Physician and at that time the newly appointed Medical Director of the Mona Rehabilitation Hospital in Kingston, Jamaica, was in an almost fatal motorcycle accident. Surviving eight surgeries and spells of depression, Dr. Watson found the process of chronicling her journey to recovery, therapeutic.

"The Road Back" is a riveting recount of one unique patient's journey to recover her health through self-determination and self-actualization. Today, Dr. Watson is grateful for the tremendous progress she has made; although she had to come to the difficult realization that her career as a practicing physician was over. However, through the pages of her book, she embraces new possibilities.

Both Harris and Watson's books will be on sale and part of the proceeds will be donated to the library funds for JAMPACT's Adopt-A-School program.

For further information on JAMPACT, visit their website at or call 212.459.4390.

Event Details

Sunday, February 25, 2007, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

247 Smith Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(Between Degraw & Douglass Sts.)

Train Directions: F & G to Carroll and Smith Streets
Bus Directions: B71 & B75

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