Do you guys remember the National Song for schools, “I Pledge My Heart?” I absolutely love this song and used to look forward to singing it during devotions at the Queen’s School. Sometimes, I find myself humming the song or singing it quietly to myself.
Today is the 93rd anniversary of the birth of Mrs Louise Bennett-Coverley, affectionately called Miss Lou by the nation. Miss Lou was born on September 7, 1919 and she died on July 26, 2006.
As a poet, Mrs Louise Bennett-Coverley’s poems were social commentaries on events and daily life as she saw and experienced them at the time. Included in her many poems were four surrounding Jamaica’s Independence movement. Here is one: “Independance.”
After you’ve read the poem consider the following question: What do you understand to be Miss Lou’s commentary on Jamaica’s Independence with this poem?
The Clovis cartoon, published in the Daily Observer on Tuesday, August 7, 2012, prompted today’s post. The message is quite clear: during this period of even greater national pride than ever before – our Jamaica 50 and the superior performances of our athletes at the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games – a window is now open for us to educate ourselves about our national symbols.
I got a ticket for the Jamaica Defence Force’s (JDF) Military Tattoo 2012 for Sunday, July 1! Sweet!
I never knew about this type of event before and now I understand why: “Military Tattoos are infrequently held and are usually tied to some significant national occurrence as there is a huge absorption of resources, manpower and equipment” (JIS 2012). The last JDF Military Tattoo was held in 1983 as part of the celebrations for Jamaica’s 21st year of Independence, dubbed Jamaica 21.
Jamaica Military Tattoo 2012, is being held between June 28 and July 1, under the theme: Precision, Pomp and Pageantry: The First Five Decades. It is being staged to commemorate the JDF’s 50th anniversary and Jamaica’s 50th year of Independence.
Jamaica’s Proclamation of Independence was signed by Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II to open the first Parliament of Independent Jamaica on Tuesday, August 7, 1962. The following is an as-close-as-possible transcription of the Proclamation of Independence.
Another National Labour Day has come to an end. All the paint jobs and clean up work done among the 400 nationally registered National Labour Day projects, including the clean-up of National Heroes Park in Kingston and St. Andrew, around the country are possibly complete and the labourers can feel good that they have done something to contribute to the Honourable Prime Minister’s call to action on this 51st National Labour Day: to: “Step Forward … Make Jamaica Beautiful.”
So how many of us National Labour Dayers are aware of the historical significance of Labour Day, especially in the context of Jamaica’s Golden Jubilee?
My family is an example of what Jamaica’s national motto, “Out of Many, One People,” on the Coat of Arms, means. Jamaica’s national motto is based on the population’s multi-racial roots, and rightly so. Jamaica’s population is a mixture of African, European and Asian lineages that is reflected in our food, music, dance, talk … in everything that makes us Jamaicans. The decision to change the motto to one that rightly reflects the population of the country was therefore an excellent one, considering our move towards becoming an independent nation in 1962.
Every kindergarten, primary and secondary school pickney know Jamaica’s national emblems by heart. But do people know the story behind our national emblems and the process that went into choosing them? Jamaican Echoes wont go into great details about each symbol. Instead, let’s take a documentary tour of the process behind choosing the national symbols that is now synonymous with independent Jamaica.
“Eternal Father bless our land… So begins Jamaica’s national anthem, a song that evokes such national pride in many of us that we sing exuberantly along with the music, our right hands over our hearts as we lustily belt out the following words: