The ACIJ/JMB researches, disseminates, and archives information on African heritage and its impact on Jamaican culture. It also examines how our African culture relates to other migrant cultures which have become a part of the Jamaican landscape and have contributed to our motto, “Out of Many, One People”.


In striving to fulfill our mandate ‘to create an awareness of the contribution of African cultural retentions to Jamaican belief systems, and to study and share knowledge of African heritage and African cultural influences on contemporary Jamaican culture’, we have constantly engaged in the process of discovery and validation of traditions once little understood or not generally recognized as having any importance to the sociocultural psyche of the nation. This has led, throughout the years, to unqualified support for anthropological, historical and ethnological studies seeking a greater understanding of the cultural phenomena at the core of the nation’s social existence, which have for years been undervalued, and hence placed outside the realm of serious and consistent academic inquiry.

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