Thursday, 6 March 2008

In Memory of a Great Man

Today, March 6 marks the anniversary of the passing of former President of the PNP and Prime Minister of Jamaica, Michael Manley.

Michael Norman Manley, O.M., P.C., B.Sc. (Econ,), LL.D. (Hon.)
Fourth PM of Jamaica: March 2, 1972 – November 4, 1980, and February 13, 1989 – March 30, 1992

LEGACY:He has impacted the nation with a greater sense of importance and urgency regarding national identity, and, internationally, he has impacted the ideas of capitalist and socialist leaders with his advocacy of Democratic Socialism

PERSONALITY: Tall, handsome, forceful and flamboyant, Michael Manley has been undoubtedly Jamaica’s most eloquent, visionary, controversial, and dynamic leader since independence.

EDUCATION: He studied at Jamaica College (1935-43) and overseas at the London School of Economics (1945-49). There, he came under the influence of Harold Laski, the man more responsible than any other for the training of men who later became Commonwealth Prime Ministers. At the LSE he gained academic honours.

SERVICE: Has been a journalist, trade unionist, party president, senator, Cabinet Minister, Leader of the Opposition, Vice president of the Socialist International, and Prime Minister of Jamaica.

AUTHORSHIP:A prolific writer of articles and books. Publications include – The politics of Change (1973), Search for Solutions (1977), JAMAICA: Struggle in the Periphery (1982), Up the Down Escalator (1987), and, A History of West Indies Cricket (1988).

BORN: December 10, 1924

PARENTS: Norman Washington Manley, and wife Edna

MARRIED: Jacqueline nee Kemellardski, 1946
Thelma nee Varity, 1955
Barbara nee Lewars, 1968
Beverley nee Anderson, 1972
Glynne nee Jones, 1992

CHILDREN: Rachel, Sarah, Natasha, Joseph, David

DIED: March 6, 1997

AGE AT DEATH: 72-years old


Anonymous said...

At this juncture in the life our country and paricularly in the life of the PNP a person with the distinction of M. Manley is surely needed.
A lot more academic work is also needed for the general public to understand the philosophy and thinking of M. Manley. this done we could galvanize these thoughts into the new vision that the country and the party need to move us forward in an increasingly unequal and unjust global world.

FYAHBOX said...

The people's flag is deepest red
It shrouded oft our martyred dead;
And ere their limbs grew stiff and cold
Their hearts' blood dyed to every fold.

Then raise the scarlet standard high!
Beneath its folds we'll live and die.
Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer
We'll keep the red flag flying here.