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Farewell, Poet

Statement on the death of Sir Derek Walcott by Mrs. Winsome Hudson, National Librarian and CEO of the National Library of Jamaica   So Derek Walcott, the poet is dead. But, Derek Walcott was not just any poet; he was the poet who unconditionally loved the people...

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Ishion Hutchinson nominated for prestigious poetry award

Jamaican poet, Ishion Hutchinson has been nominated for the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry. This nomination is for his second and latest collection, House of Lords and Commons; published last year by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Hutchinson is among...

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Today marks 51 years since the state visit of His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Haile Selassie I to Jamaica.
Emperor Selassie arrived at the Palisadoes Airport (now the Norman Manley International Airport) on April 21, 1966. His arrival drew a crowd of over 70,000 people that erupted into a deafening roar of cheers as the Emperor emerged from the aircraft. Among the throng, where many adherents of the Rastafarian faith – beating drums, waving flags, and chanting zealously.
During his stay, Selassie met with various members of government, including Governor-General Clifford Campbell, the Hon. Hugh Lawson Shearer, Acting Prime Minister Donald Sangster, and Prime Minister Alexander Bustamante. Rastafarian leaders and elders, including Ras Mortimer Planno, also held private audiences with Selassie.
This day, #GrounationDay, is an important day in the Rastafarian Faith. Followers commemorate the activities that took place during the three-day visit of His Majesty.

Today we share some images from the NLJ collection. What about you? Where were you when Emperor Selassie visited? Let us know!
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Nǐ hǎo!
The NLJ is pleased to join in the global celebration of
UN Chinese Language Day for April 20, 2017.
Chinese Language Day was established in 2010 by UNESCO to celebrate and recognize the impact of one of the oldest and the most widely spoken language in the world.

Our Jamaican culture has indeed been influenced by the language and contributions of the Chinese. Today, Jamaica shares in a vibrant relationship with the People's Republic of China.

The NLJ collection contains various photographs, publications, and unpublished documents which represent aspects of the Chinese in Jamaica. Come check it out!

#lovemylibrary The Chinese Benevolent Association of Jamaica
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Who's heading to the beach?
A #JamaicanEaster tradition is a visit to one of our island's magnificent beaches. Check out this postcard of Frenchman's Cove in the 1960s.
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