Category: History

Roots of the Rivalry: When Calabar Crushed KC in 1976






This is Champs as Jamaica knows it. It is more than a competition, more than some games. Champs is our very own Olympics. It is legacy, dynasty, history … and rivalry. The rivalries are serious. They mean everything in the moment,








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Amy Ashwood Garvey: The Woman Behind Jamaican Pan-Africanism






Marcus Garvey’s fame has been heralded far and wide. He has been honoured as one of the most outstanding leaders of the black consciousness movement of the early  1900s, and is one of only seven persons conferred with the Jamaica’s








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What Is Commonwealth Day?






Commonwealth Day is observed annually on the second Monday in March. It is a day designated to celebrate the Commonwealth of Nations (more often referred to as ‘The Commonwealth’), a group of 52 sovereign nations which were once territories of the British Empire,








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5 Milestone Moments for Women in Jamaica






Jamaican women have come a long way since the days of slavery, and there are many who will argue that there is still a long way to go. However small the achievements may seem, it is important to acknowledge and








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Lending Help: 10 Historic Facts About the Peace Corps in Jamaica






The United States Peace Corps was established in 1961 by US President John F. Kennedy with the aim of fostering international relations. It allows American men and women to volunteer for two years in another country, providing assistance to nations








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Untold Stories: 10 Times Buju Banton’s Lyrics Spoke The People’s Truth






Reggae has long been heralded as the people’s music, depicting the day-to-day experiences of the populace. In particular, reggae music has provided a place of communal solace –  a place for collective commiseration and expression of the struggles and strivings of a








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The History of Gender-Based Violence in the Caribbean






The following are excerpts from a teach-in titled ‘Gender-Based Violence in the Caribbean: Historical Roots’, given by Dr Verene A. Shepherd, professor of social history and university director at the Institute for Gender Development Studies (IGDS), University of the West Indies








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10 Facts About the History of Radio in Jamaica






Radio is a vital part of Jamaican life. Since the first official broadcast on Radio Jamaica on Monday, July 10, 1950, Jamaican radio has become an increasingly essential avenue for mass education, entertainment and information on a variety of issues








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15 Interesting Facts About Peter Abrahams






Born on March 3, 1919 in Vrededorp, a suburb of Johannesburg, South Africa, Peter Abrahams was a writer, journalist, broadcaster and very vocal apartheid critic. He adopted Jamaica as his home for about 61 of his 97 years on earth, and contributed immensely








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A Look Back At Bob Marley’s Death






Facts About Bob Marley’s Death Bob Marley died on May 11, 1981. He was laid to rest in his home in Nine Miles, St Ann, on Thursday, May 21, 1981. A mausoleum was built. The funeral service took place at








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