KINGSTON, Jamaica – Members of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) are commemorated the 130th Anniversary of the birth of the party’s founder and “champion of the anti-colonial movement in Jamaica”, the late National Hero, Sir Alexander Bustamante.
The JLP noted that it is with a “deep sense of reverence and pride” that it paid tribute to the life and work of the late national icon; reflecting on his “sterling contributions to the development of the Jamaican people, especially the poor and dispossessed”.
The party marked the milestone with a series of commemorative activities, including a floral tribute in Sir Alexander’s honour at the National Hero’s Park where he is interred, and a civic ceremony in his native Hanover, a JLP release said.
“The Jamaican people are indebted to Sir Alexander Bustamante for the selfless and valiant fight he waged against social injustice and inequality in this country, especially during the decades prior to our independence in 1962. He inspired all working class Jamaicans and other vulnerable groups which were oppressed and marginalized at the time,” said party leader Andrew Holness.
“We celebrate his life because it was one dedicated to a balancing of the scales of justice which not only served to set the stage for our political independence and the emergence of a clear vision for Jamaica’s development, but imbued us with the confidence and sense of purpose to strive for excellence,” Holness added in paying tribute to the national hero.
At the civic ceremony held at Sir Alexander’s birthplace in Blenheim, Hanover, JLP Deputy Leader JC Hutchinson, in addressing the gathering said: “He gave almost his entire life serving the interest of the Jamaican people; as Labour leader for nearly 40 years; as Parliamentarian, Chief Minister, Prime Minister, Mayor — whenever and wherever and in whatever capacity his country called on him to serve; and throughout these years his beliefs, his philosophy and his commitment remained steadfast. Not only were his principles and wise counsel steadfast during his lifetime, they are as relevant today as ever they were.”