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Jamaican in America- Our Contributions.

Updated: Jan 2, 2023

By: Prisca Liliane

While it is amazing to highlight African Americans- Jamaican’s have also contributed to the establishment of many inventions, cuisines, and culture. Black History Month began as “Negro History Week” in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson. The week began to acknowledge the accomplishments of people of the African Diaspora throughout the United States of America.


·Dr. Harold Moody – Born in Kingston, Jamaica- founder of the United Kingdom’s first civil rights movement. Resource: Harold Moody's Fight for Equality & 100 Great Black Britons .

·John Brown Russwurm – Born in Port Antonio, Jamaica- Created the Freedom’s Journal, weekly newspaper (1827–29) that was the first newspaper owned and operated by African Americans in the United States. It was based in New York City. Resource: Britannica & NYU Press.

· Mary Seacole - Born in Kingston, Jamaica- referred to by many as British Heroine for her work assisting wounded British soldiers during the Crimean War (1854-56). Resource: Jamaicans & Learn About Mary.

·Robert Sutherland- Born in Jamaica (city of birth is widely debated and unknown)- was the first known graduate of color at a Canadian university, and the first Black man to study law in British North America. Resource: The Canadian Encyclopedia & Jamaicans Abroad.


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