Emancipation

  • Five stalwarts to whom Jamaica owes a debt of gratitude

    The old adage ,” Treat every child as a King or Queen because you  do not know which one is going to wear the  crown” is always a useful guide for teachers and can apply also to adults in communities. Quite often, we overlook the contribution of stalwarts to nation building...
  • Emancipation and Reparation

    There is understandable scepticism as to whether the wave of protests, following on the murder of George Floyd, will provide any lasting and sustained justice for blacks in the United States. The Economist references how the unrest has “globalized the struggle against racism”; and I might add, how it...
  • Public Opinion, The Baptists And The National Movement

    A quiet but not too distant presence in the sinews of Public Opinion was the Jamaican Baptist church. It was the Baptists who led the way to emancipation. It was the Baptists who created the Free Villages for the unenslaved people. It was the Baptists who were leaders in...
  • Trapped! Oh Yeah!

     When Jimmy Cliff wrote and recorded the song Trapped in 1972, it was about a relationship with a woman, and the influence or spell she had on him that, despite his expostulation, he found it difficult to walk away. Today, I sense we are also trapped in a socially...
  • Emancipendence, Garvey and the charade that passes for a modern Jamaica

    The recently coined word “Emancipendence” has been cleverly used to describe two quite separate events that culminated over 100 years apart. They do, however, represent two cooperative efforts that transcended racial descent, giving rise to a concept later described as “Out of Many, One People”; our Jamaican National Motto....
  • Culture Interruptus

    The English language has been the adopted (forced) communication methodology of an enslaved people as Bob Marley said “stolen from Africa, brought to America”. Languages of the ancient Africans, not written but passed on by the words, and stories of the Griots, and storytellers, and repeated as legends about...