This is the first time I've actually interviewed someone on this subject - And the fact it is with a poor, simple 98 year old destitute Jamaican man made this even more special, more authentic and, to be quite honest with you, a bit emotional for me.
Despite been poor and old, the man is at peace and has an unmatched resolve and faith in God.
He clearly appreciated having me there, but I was humbled to be speaking with him, it was a true honour for me. I learned so much from in the few minutes I spent with him.
He shared reflections on, among other things:
His migration from Kingston (Whitehall Avenue) to St. Elizabeth.
Life on the plantation (including food, meal, punishment)
The 1938 sugar riot
The 1951 August flood
Hurricane Gilbert in 1988
Alexander Bustamante and Norman Manley
Housing at the time
Clothes and shoes
His wish for the future of Jamaica
Without hesitation, I now share my personal interaction with the 98 year old Jamaican man, Mr. Kenneth Brewster.
Here Is The Video (YouTube)
Ready to watch? Simply click the play button below. Turn up your speakers please :-)
The entire video interview is extremely enlightening, to say the least, but there are some key sections of the video that I hope you really don't miss, for example:
Jump to section 33:15 - He has a message to Jamaica and the world
Jump to section 39:55 - Listen to his philosophy on living
And his message to me, your's truly at 34:00
Just a quick note to you though; the video is in its natural state (no edits) and in native Jamaican language - except for me trying to speak English a few times, so please understand.
You may also use the Closed Caption option in YouTube to read along.
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