We Come From Jamaica -The National Movement 1937-1962 by Ewart Walters

Ewart Walters’ new book will be available on Friday March 14, 2014.  The official launching of the book will be in Ottawa, Canada and other tour stops are planned for Toronto, Kingston and Montego Bay Jamaica.

The book is 234 pages, complete with photographs of several personalities and will be a great source of political and cultural history, and a keepsake for Caribbean people and lovers of Caribbean history and heritage.

The book is already generating interests and comments as well as attracting the sponsorship of Jamaica’s CHASE Fund. 

Bustamante unabashedly identified himself with the use of force… violent skirmishes and was a practitioner of the disruptive uses of violence to turn back political challenge,a statement in the book that is already causing great debate.  

We Come From Jamaica -The National Movement 1937-1962 by Ewart Walters

The book covers political, union, sports and cultural developments from 1943 to 2012, but focuses on the years of national development 1937-1962 with Osmond Fairclough, Norman Manley, Bustamante etc; it deals with the role of music, sports, social workers and the remarkable Chinese contributions in the development of the nation (naming, for instance, Herb McKenley, Merlene Ottey, George Headley, Lawrence Rowe, Michael Holding, Usain Bolt, Shelley-Ann, Asafa, Michael Lee-Chin, Tessanne Chin, Jessica Yap, Bob Marley, Yellowman, Buju Banton, along with several others), and chronicles the life and activities of people like Una Marson, Eddie Burke, Thom Girvan, Amy Bailey, Dr. TP Lecky, Bishop Percival Gibson, Edna Manley, Sir Philip Sherlock, Father Sherlock and Boys Town, Cobbla, 4-H Clubs, co-operatives, and many other individuals and facets of Jamaican life.

Ottawa’s Millicent Byrne, Rachel Manley, and Toronto’s Keith Ellis — Professor Emeritus of Modern Languages at the University of Toronto — have written sparkling entrees by way of introduction/preface to the book.

 “An absolutely stunning piece of journalism,” opined retired journalist and lawyer Errol Townshend.

1.  Prologue
2.  Sugar and Slavery
3. Emancipation
4. The “What-Leff”
5. The Search Begun
6. Jamaica Welfare
7. The National Movement
8. Towards Organised Politics
9. Other Influences
10. Heroes of the Movement
11. The Movement Stalls
12. Epilogue

“The Glue is Gone, The Garrison Phenomenon, Michael Manley Emerges, Disenchantment, The Rise of Civil Society, Diaspora, We Come from Jamaica,” Walters wrote.

About Ewart Walters CD, MJ

We Come From Jamaica -The National Movement 1937-1962 by Ewart Walters

After a brilliant career in journalism in Jamaica (three Seprod Gold medal awards) with Public Opinion, Daily Gleaner and Jamaica Daily News, and six years of Jamaican diplomatic service in Ottawa and New York, Ewart Walters combined several years of public and community service in Canada with the publication of his own Spectrum community newspaper and the authoring of three books. The third of those books is now in the final stages of publication and will be launched in Ottawa, Toronto and Jamaica between March and May 2014. In 2010 Mr. Walters was invested with the Order of Distinction, Commander Class (CD), for his voluntary work in defending and promoting minorities in Canada.




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