Category: History

Why Jamaica Love Lorna Goodison Long Time …






From as early as 1982, The Gleaner presents records that bear witness to the ongoing love affair between Lorna Goodison and her native homeland. Goodison’s poems have paid homage to, offered criticism of and often craftily described and deconstructed the beauties








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A History of The Jamaica Cancer Society and Relay For Life






On December 6, 1955, the Jamaica Cancer Society was founded by Dr Ken McNeill, then surgeon specialist at the Kingston Public Hospital. Before this founding, however, McNeill chaired a meeting on June 22, 1955, which was attended by medical, health and








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Saluting Alan Magnus (Part 2): The Legacy






The Early RJR Work Years In an interview with The Gleaner, Magnus described his first decade at RJR as “troubled”. During that time, he was fired twice for falling asleep on the job, and even missed the meeting planned to discuss his








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Euphoric: 28 New Records Set at Champs 2017






Twenty-eight. That’s how many old records were broken and new records set at the 107th ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships in 2017. It was an epic display of skill, spirit and spunk. Here’s a listing of the details for each,








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Euphoric: Terri-Karelle’s Champs 2017 Takeaways






It’s over. Five days. Twenty-eight new records. Countless emotional highs. The glory and excitement of 2017’s staging of the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys & Girls’ Athletics Championships has left us in a haze of euphoria. Terri-Karelle Reid, Miss World Jamaica 2005, Gleaner brand








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Saluting Alan Magnus (Part 1): The Man Meets the Mic






Friday, March 31, 2017 will go down as a momentous day in Jamaican history. After 46 years of being ‘The Morning Man’ and winning the hearts of Jamaicans both home and abroad, Alan Magnus stepped away from the radio broadcasting stage. After raising the bar








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Did You Know? 25 Interesting Champs Trivia Facts






Champs has a long and rich history in Jamaica. From its inception in 1910 till now, it has been an invaluable stepping stone for many of our nation’s best athletes. According to Colin Channer, “The entire nation of Jamaica owes








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Roots of the Rivalry: The Year They Banned Calabar & KC






Friendly rivalry in sports can easily grow into a heated dispute. That is exactly what happened in 1981 at the 71st staging of Boys’ Champs at the National Stadium. The day started calmly enough. The usual top two – Calabar








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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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