While being recognized by your peers and the larger community is always gratifying, the honor that comes with it is inextricably linked to the “who, what, when, where and why” behind the honor. And the Clare Boothe Luce Award is no different. In fact, as the latest recipient of the award, Dr. Geneive Brown Metzger, will tell you, it is destiny as she has long admired the international doyenne and socialite.
No wonder Dr. Brown Metzger grabbed the opportunity to get to know Clare Boothe Luce’s relative and current ACMF board member, Jim Luce, who tells the story of meeting Geneive for the first time.
“I was invited for coffee at the Yale Club in NYC by Geneive Brown Metzger years ago. We wanted to discuss ways to share the narrative of Jamaica and the Caribbean in fresh ways to attract a new audience. And have been involved in this same dialogue ever since. But we have moved way past talking! *2018 Clare Boothe Luce Award for International Service* Awarded to Hon. Geneive Brown Metzger, LLD Hon., Pres. & Exec. Dir. of the American Caribbean Maritime Foundation and former Consul General of Jamaica in New York. Clare Boothe Luce was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and the first female U.S. Ambassador, as well as a versatile author and editor. She was a charismatic and forceful public speaker – a Renaissance woman – whose life embraced International Service. See my HuffPo piece: Fame: Spotlight on Super Woman Clare Boothe Luce. [The] James Jay Dudley Luce Leader Scholarship has been established to pay tuition of student[s] at Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) in Kingston, Jamaica.” — Jim Luce