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Marcus Mosiah Garvey

by Mr Joe
(London, UK)

Whist forming the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), Marcus Garvey had over 4 million black people under his leadership.

That is a phenomenal feat because Black people were just emerging from slavery, round about 50 years or so, and were disorganized as a people.

The tremendous vision of the man brought the creation of a new black state in Africa but unfortunately these efforts were thwarted by The USA and other Western Industrialized States.

There is so much that can be said about Daddy Marcus but one thing is for certain, blacks worldwide could do well with the manifestation of Marcus Mosiah Garvey, or someone cut from the same grain of cloth, in these modern times.

He did say look for him on the wings of the wind so perhaps there is hope for us after all.

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Eva Smith

by Ouida Gibson

Who was Eva Smith?

Eva Smith was a veteran organizer around issues of equity, discrimination, women and youth rights and educational access.

She was instrumental in organizing workshops, seminars,conferences and parent meetings aimed at promoting the importance of parental involvement and advocacy in education, combating racism in the school system and fighting the high drop-out rate in our community.

Eva Smith worked tirelessly with African Canadian parents to facilitate their understanding of how the Canadian school system operates.

She has been consistent in highlighting the beneficial impact on our community’s economic, social and political development. She stressed the need for collective vigilance in the education of our children.

On December 30, 1993, Toronto lost a dedicated and committed Community worker. Eva Smith, who battled cancer for many months, has left her mark on the lives of many.

Eva arrived in Canada in 1956, on a domestic contract. Previously, in her native Jamaica she worked as a Postal Clerk and then a Dental Technician which she trained for in the USA.

However, in 1956, although a trained Dental Technician, it was difficult for visible minorities to come to Canada. Hence Eva saw her opportunity to migrate from Jamaica to Canada through a domestic contract.

It was back then that Eva’s career, as we know it, began. In her free time Eva volunteered at Mt Sinai hospital and at her Church. She also became involved in human rights issues, especially those concerning domestic workers.

In 1958 Eva married Edward Smith, a native of Bermuda. They had two daughters, whom now have children of their own. During the years that Eva was raising her children she continued to volunteer in the community.

As a matter of fact, she encouraged her children to do the same. She believed in giving to others; this was one of the many values she taught her children. Her motto was ‘do onto others as you’d have them do to you’.

Eva was a mother who was involved in her daughters schooling. She took part in school activities and supported her children in their school endeavors.

Eva saw to it that her children were exposed to experiences that would help prepare them for life. Eva was a mentor in her extended family, which she valued. She lived her life as a Christian and left her family with fond memories and values.

While Eva was raising her children she worked, for the most part, on the night shift at Scarborough General Hospital. She also continued to prepare for her community service career by attending Ryerson Polytechnic Institute on a part time basis. She studied in the social services and community development areas.

Eva later worked with the Jamaican Canadian Association, North York Board Of Education, Jane Finch area, LEAP, Ujjama, Domestic Workers, and PACE, just to name a few of the many large and small, formal and informal organizations that she was affiliated with.

Eva was dedicated to helping others and empowering them to stand up for their rights. She had a special place in her heart for young people, whom she believed to be the future.

In 1985, The Eva Smith Bursary was established. Funds from this bursary are allocated each year to young people, as an encouragement to furthering their education. Another honor is Eva’s Place Youth Shelter which opened in June 1994.

For many years, Eva recognized the need for a shelter for homeless youth in North York, and fortunately before her death she was able to visit the unfinished, yet standing structure of what was to be Eva’s Place.

Last, but not least, Eva Smith participated in a film by the National Film Board, documenting black women and their contribution to the community. We should all be proud of ‘Older, Stronger, and Wiser’.

The physical Eva Smith has departed, but the spiritual being will live within us always. Those who knew Eva will always remember her for her patience, willingness, love and selflessness. Let us all learn from this example. Let us make the most of this life while we have the privilege.

Christine A Gonsalves
December 1993

Eva's Initiatives Board of Directors
President: Heather Brown
Vice-President: Rob Myers
Treasurer: David Robertson
Secretary: Jeff Lewis
Past-President: David St. Amand

Tyler Barrack
Debbie Boukydis
Patricia Gloudon
Adrian Ishak
Jennifer Ocampo-King
Colin Phillips
Karam Rai
David Robertson
David Shiner
Emree Siaroff

Honorary Members:
Ed Smith
Edeva Smith
Follow Eva's:

Eva's Initiatives, Administration Office | 215 Spadina Ave Suite 370, Toronto ON M5T 2C7
Phone: 416-977-4497 | Fax: 416-977-6210 | E-Mail:
Charitable Registration Number: 132239013RR0001

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C. Everard Palmer - Jamaican journalist,, author and teacher

by W. Jeff Knight Jr.
(Norristown PA 19401)

C Everard Palmer's book:  A Cow Called Boy

C Everard Palmer's book: A Cow Called Boy

C. Everard Palmer was a teacher, Journalist and Author. He has some 16 or more publications to his credit. He wrote children's books for the Ministry of Education in Jamaica and several novels on rural characters. He is a recipient of the Musgrave Medal. Retired, he now lives in Canada.

Editor's Note

Hi Jeff, thanks for recognizing and submitting Mr. Palmer as your famous Jamaican.

The following is additional information about this great son of the soil; extracted from the National Library of Jamaica:

"Mr. Palmer was born in Kendal, Hanover in 1940 and was educated at Kendal Elementary School. He studied at Mico Teachers’ College in Kingston and later still at Lakeside University in Canada. He worked as a journalist with the Gleaner Company before embarking on a career as an author.

He was a prolific author of children’s books set in the Jamaican countryside and has received high praise for the excellence of his craftsmanship and sympathetic humour.

Mr. Palmer has published The Cloud with the Silver Lining, Big Doc Bitterroot, The Sun Salutes You, The Hummingbird People, The Wooing of Beppo Tate, A Cow Called Boy, Babba and Mr. Big, My Father Sun Sun Johnson. An adult book, A Broken Vessel was published in 1960 by the Jamaica Pioneer Press.

Everald Palmer has been recognized for his great work in Jamaican Literature.

Among his awards are:

Certificate of Merit by the Jamaican Reading Association for contribution to Jamaican Children Literature

1977 Silver Musgrave Medal for Literature from the Institute of Jamaica

In 1999 he was honoured at a ceremony held in Hanover where a message from the Canadian High Commissioner John Robinson, read by Councillor at the Canadian High Commission Robert Richard, described Mr. Palmer as ‘the master of the rural Caribbean tale for any readership, adult or juvenile’.

Mr. Palmer has been living in Canada since 1974 where he has been teaching and writing."

By the way, I was a beneficiary of this man's great work. The book, "A Cow Called Boy" was one of my first and favorite little literature books.

Source: NLJ

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other famous jamaicans


harry belafonte had the first # 1 million selling record on the bill board chart.

andrew salkey writer captured the precolonial jamican experience from a child eyes.DROUGHT RIOT Just to name 2 of his books.roger mais.another famous wrier.BROTHER MAN LORNA GOODISON world renown poet .MILLIE SMALL had the first #1 hit on the british chart with a song titled MY BOY LOLLIPOP.HOW could the list be completed without the great ALLAN SKILL COLE for his ball artistry and the iconic DADDY U ROY

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Norman Manley- Former Prime Minister

His work was so great that he had an airport named after him.

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