Ewart Walters

  • Mass Weddings – Mary Morris Knibb

    In the 1940s and 1950s mass weddings constituted a campaign to reduce high rates of illegitimacy and were spectacular public rites of accessing citizenship. These weddings were attended by prominent public officials, social workers and members of the community. In a 1941 wedding in Kingston, 36 couples were married...
  • Everton Weekes – Short Bat

    Good cricketers come in all shapes and sizes, especially bowlers. The best fast bowlers have been six foot something and well built specimens. Names like Michael Holding, Joel Garner, Wesley Hall, Glen McGrath, H. Hines Johnson, Ian Davidson, Steve Harmison and Charlie Griffith spring instantly to mind. Roy Gilchrist...
  • Emancipation, Rastafari, Whoppy King, and Coral Gardens

    Tales of the Black Friday Coral Gardens events in recent years disregard the deeper background and leave a warped understanding of Rastafari and the emerging Jamaican society. Rastafari emerged in the 1930s, 100 years after emancipation turfed three hundred thousand Black people off the sugar estates into an uncertain...
  • Coronavirus – We no want no devil philosophy

    They made their world so hard Every day we got to keep on fighting They made their world so hard Every day the people are dyin’ For hunger and starvation Lamentation But read it in Revelation You’ll find your redemption And then you give us the teachings of His...
  • 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...
  • Public Opinion And Me

    The re-emergence of the name Public Opinion in Jamaican journalism is stuff that gladdens the heart. Especially mine.    When I learnt in 1961 that the little weekly newspaper at Torrington Road was planning to become a daily, I inquired whether a position as a reporter could be mine....