Celebrating Our Story

THE WEEK LY GLEANER | FEBRUA RY 16 - FEBRUARY 22, 2021 | www.jamaica-gleaner.com | I BLACK HISTORY MONTH MARCUS GARVEY Jamaica has a lesson to teach the world and it is this – that people of different races can live together within one country as brothers and friends, on the best of terms, without prejudice, upholding one Government, ready to die for one flag, enjoying the same liberty of constitution and looking to one destiny. – African-Caribbean Institute of Jamaica/Jamaica Memory Bank (ACIJ/JMB) MALCOLM X “A race of people is like an individual man; until it uses its own talent, takes pride in its own history, expresses its own culture, affirms its own selfhood, it can never fulfil itself.” – www.malcolmxquotes.com NELSON MANDELA “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” – https://www.britannica.com/list/ nelson-mandela-quotes QUOTES For years, Jamaican immigrants and descents of Jamaican im- migrants have been making significant contributions to the development of the United States across many areas; political, mili- tary or social. As a salute to the celebration of Black History Month, The Gleaner features some of these Jamaicans whose contributions have left an indelible mark on the American society. – By Lester Hinds K AMALA HARRIS is the Vice-President of the United States, one heart- beat away from the world’s most powerful office. She is the first woman, first woman of colour to be elected Vice President. Shewas electedVice President after a lifetime of public service, having been elected District Attorney of San Francisco, California Attorney General, and United States Senator. VicePresidentHarriswasbornin Oakland, California toparentswho emigratedfromIndiaandJamaica. She graduated from Howard University and the University of California, HastingsCollegeof Law. Vice President Harris and her sister, Maya Harris were inspired by their mother, ShyamalaGopalan. Gopalan, a breast cancer scientist and pi- oneer in her own right and her father, Jamaican Donald Harris, a respected University professor. Her parents were activists, in- stillingVice PresidentHarriswitha strongsenseofjustice.Theybrought her to civil rights demonstrations andintroducedrolemodels–rang- ing from Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall to civil rights leader Constance Baker Motley –whosework she says motivated her to become a prosecutor. Throughout her career, theVice President has been guided by the words she spoke the first time she stood up in court: Kamala Harris, for the people. She was elected District Attorney of San Francisco in 2003. In that role, Vice President Harris created a ground-breaking pro- gram to provide first-time drug offenders with the opportunity to earn a high school degree and find employment. The program was designated as a national model of innovation for law en- forcement by the United States Department of Justice. In 2010, Vice President Harris was elected California’s Attorney General and oversaw the larg- est state justice department in the United States. She estab- lished the state’s first Bureau of Children’s Justice and instituted several first-of-their-kind reforms that ensured greater transpar- ency and accountability in the criminal justice system. “You may be the first to do many things but make sure you are not the last,” is the guiding principle for Vice President Harris. COLIN LUTHER POWELL Colin Powell was US Secretary of State and the 12th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States. Colin Luther Powell, the son of Jamaican immigrants, was born on 5 April 1937 in the Harlem Celebrating our story! Kamala Harris is sworn in as vice president by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor as her husband Doug Emhoff holds the Bible during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the US Capitol in Washington on Wednesday, January 20. AP PLEASE SEE STORY , 8 FEBRUARY 16 - MARCH 15, 2021 | www.jamaica-gleaner.com | CELEBRATING OUR STORY - AWEEKLY GLEANER B LACK HISTORY FEATURE 4