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Appreciation of Caribbean achievement is a shared cultural reason to mark Black History Month in February. In Jamaica, the shortest month of the year which is dedicated to celebrating distinctive individuals of African descent is also the one designated Reggae Month.

Officially declared on Jan. 24, 2008 by Sir Kenneth Hall, former governor general of Jamaica, the month features music appreciation, lectures, films, concerts, dance programs and a myriad of events to laud the genre.