KINGSTON, Jamaica — Sheryl Lee Ralph continues to show the world what belief looks like!
The ‘Abbott Elementary’ star, whose career spans four decades and now includes an Emmy win, was awarded the prestigious Honorary Order of Jamaica for her “outstanding contribution as an actress, cultural ambassador of Jamaica and for his contribution to the international film industry”.
She was among 143 Jamaicans recognized at the National Honors and Awards at King’s House in Kingston on Monday, October 17, which is celebrated as National Heroes Day in Jamaica.
Ralph was one of 10 to receive the nation’s fifth highest honor, which is “awarded to citizens of exceptional distinction”, according to Jamaica Observer.
“Well, it’s now official! I’m The Honorable Sheryl Lee Ralph OJ,” Ralph wrote in an Instagram caption. “Warrior Woman! #ThisisWhatBelievingLooksLike”
“Abbott Elementary” creator Quinta Brunson, fellow actress Kerry Washington and others showed their support in the comments.
“An absolute legend. An international legend,” commented co-star Lisa Ann Walter, who plays Melissa Schemmenti on the ABC show.
This year, Ralph won an Emmy as a first-time nominee at the age of 66, winning Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy for her role as Barbara Howard, a beloved matriarchal teacher from the kindergarten in “Abbott Elementary”, the ABC mockumentary. “sitcom about fiery teachers in a woefully underfunded Philadelphia public school.
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During her acceptance speech at the September 12 ceremony, the veteran actress had the audience on their toes, bellowing powerful words about being an “endangered species” and imploring others not to. never give up, no matter how long it takes to be seen.
“To anyone who’s ever had a dream and thought your dream wasn’t, wouldn’t come true, couldn’t come true, I’m here to tell you that’s what belief looks like,” he said. she declared. “This is what striving looks like, and never, ever give up.”
The honor came after decades in the business with multiple iconic roles – from “Dreamgirls” on Broadway in the 1980s, to stepmother to the lead character in the 1990s sitcom “Moesha.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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