Jamaicans in Cleveland

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News and Upcoming Events for Jamaicans in Cleveland

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Out & About - Photos and Event Recaps


Reggae from the band Umoja at Tacos and Tequila Fest

The band Umoja played a reggae song at the Tacos and Tequila Festival in Cleveland's Tyler Village. Umoja is the Swahili word for "unity".

Organizations and Resources for Jamaicans in Cleveland

Jamaican Coat of Arms

Jamaican Coat of Arms

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Business, Education and Employment Information

"Jamaica, Land We Love" is the national anthem of Jamaica. Words and music by Hugh Sherlock and Robert Lightbourne.

Eternal Father, bless our land
Guard us with Thy mighty hand
Keep us free from evil powers
Be our light through countless hours
To our leaders, Great Defender,
Grant true wisdom from above
Justice, truth be ours forever
Jamaica, land we love
Jamaica, Jamaica, Jamaica, land we love

Teach us true respect for all
Stir response to duty's call
Strengthen us the weak to cherish
Give us vision lest we perish
Knowledge send us, Heavenly Father,
Grant true wisdom from above
Justice, truth be ours forever
Jamaica, land we love
Jamaica, Jamaica, Jamaica, land we love

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Cleveland Jamaican Feedback and Memories

Jamaican History and Culture

Jamaica is an island nation of the Greater Antilles in the Caribbean Sea. It is 145 miles long and 50 miles wide. Jamaica is about 90 miles south of Cuba and 120 miles west of Hispaniola.

Inhabitants named the island Xaymaca, meaning the "Land of Wood and Water". It was a Spanish possession known as Santiago and later became the British Crown colony of Jamaica.

No Woman No Cry

Stir it Up

Redemption Song - Home Video


The island - discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1494 - was settled by the Spanish early in the 16th century. The native Taino Indians, who had inhabited Jamaica for centuries, were gradually exterminated and replaced by African slaves.

England seized the island in 1655 and established a plantation economy based on sugar, cocoa, and coffee. The abolition of slavery in 1834 freed a quarter million slaves, many of whom became small farmers. Jamaica gradually obtained increasing independence from Britain, and in 1958 it joined other British Caribbean colonies in forming the Federation of the West Indies.

Jamaica gained full independence when it withdrew from the Federation in 1962. Deteriorating economic conditions during the 1970s led to recurrent violence as rival gangs affiliated with the major political parties evolved into powerful organized crime networks involved in international drug smuggling and money laundering.

Violent crime, drug trafficking, and poverty pose significant challenges to the government today. Nonetheless, many rural and resort areas remain relatively safe and contribute substantially to the economy.

(facts courtesy of CIA World Fact Book)

Map of Jamaica

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Profiles of Jamaicans in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio

Marcus Garvey, Father of the Back to Africa Movement and Jamaica's first National Hero.

Marcus Garvey

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ClevelandPeople.Com - Jamaican Ambassadors

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View of the Uptown New Kingston skyline (2007)

View of the Uptown New Kingston skyline (2007)

Toots & the Maytals - Sweet & Dandy

Jimmy Cliff - The Harder They Come

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