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    Jamaican Gymnasts from left: Jamin Melbourne Levy, Daniel Williams and Jiovannua Jackson and coach Shin Nishida posing at the 12th staging of the Whitlow Invitational for men in Orlando, FL

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Dr. Jacob L. Shirley (born 1884), is a native of Jamaica, British West Indies. He graduated from Meharry College, Nashville in 1910. In June 1910, organized the Union Drug Company, now under different management. He was also the first colored professional man in his section to use an automobile in his practice. After the epidemic of Influenze broke out in 1918, though greatly rushed and treating many cases, at a disadvantage, he lost only two cases out of first 1,200 treated.

Lewis Morrison (September 4, 1845 - 1906) was a Jamaican-born actor best known for his portrayal of Mephistopheles in Faust for 15 years in New York and on tour. He and his first wife, British actress Rose Wood, were the grandparents of Joan and Constance Bennett. Morrison served as a lieutenant in the First Louisiana Native Guard, becoming the first African American Jewish officer in both the CSA and the Union Army. #TodayInBlack History

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Gil Heron, a Jamaican-born immigrant to the United States, top scorer in the first season of the first North American Soccer Leage, In 1946, his prolific goal scoring earned him a trial at Glasgow Celtic. He won a professional contract and moved to Scotland - shortly after the birth of his son Gil Scott-Heron in Chicago - becoming Celtic’s first black player.

Amy Ashwood Garvey was born in Port Antonio, Jamaica, but spent most of her childhood in Panama where her father supported the family as a businessman. She returned to Jamaica as a teen and attended Westwood High School in Trelawney, where she met her future husband, Marcus Garvey in 1914.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, is a Jamaican sprinter who specializes in the 100m. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Fraser is the reigning Olympic champion over 100m clocking a time of 10.78.The 09 World100m champion she is only the second female sprinter to hold both World and Olympic100m titles simultaneously (after Gail Devers) and is tied with Christine Arron as the 4th fastest woman in history over 100m.She attended the Wolmers High School for Girls and represented her school in many athletic occasions

Jamaica-born Patrick Ewing arrived in the United States at age 11, and the gangly youth who had reached the height of 6-10 by junior high school was initially awkward on the court when introduced to the game. But by the time he was a senior in high school, the world knew he would be something special.

The Grandmaster! Maurice Ashley, the first African American Chess Grandmaster, was born in St. Andrew, Jamaica on March 6, 1966. At age 12, his family moved to Brooklyn, New York, where Ashley began to develop an interest in chess. Although he spent several hours a day playing and studying the game, he did not play well enough to qualify for his high school chess team, and instead had to develop his skills by playing in tournaments and informal games.

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Frank-Silvera-Silvera was born in Kingston, Jamaica, to a Spanish Jewish father and Jamaican mother. His family emigrated to the United States when he was six-years old, settling in Boston. In his youth, Silvera became interested in acting and began performing in amateur groups and at church. He attended English High School of Boston. Upon graduation, Silvera studied at Boston University and Northeastern Law School

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Maurice Ashley, the first African American chess grandmaster, was born in St. Andrew, Jamaica on March 6, 1966. At age 12, his family moved to Brooklyn, New York, where Ashley began to develop an interest in chess. Although he spent several hours a day playing and studying the game, he did not play well enough to qualify for his high school chess team, and instead had to develop his skills by playing in tournaments and informal games.

Jean-Baptiste Belley ca. 1740-1805 Jean-Baptiste Belley, also known as Mars, was a former slave from Saint-Domingue who became one of the first Black men to hold elective office in France.

Ulric Cross, the most highly decorated Caribbean airman in the RAF during World War II, died on October 4, 2013 at the age of 96. Because he was the only person of color in his squadron he was nicknamed "The Black Hornet."

Mary Seacole, Jamaican Herbalist. During Crimean War performed surgery on the frontline and established the "British Hotel" providing supplies for soldiers and quarters for sick and infirmed.

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Amy Jacques Garvey, wife of Marcus Garvey, leader of the United Negro Improvement Association (UNIA). Advocated "community feminism," considered women's voices & viewpoints integral to community and race progress. Wrote the "Ethiopian Queens will reign again"

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Yesterday,would have been the wedding anniversary of Bob and Rita Marley. February 10, 1966.

Nanny of the Maroons Jamaica c.1680 -c. 1750 Nanny of the Maroons was a Jamaican spiritual leader who fought against British slave trading in the eighteenth century. An expert strategist, Nanny implemented the use of camoflage and guerilla warfare to protect her people. In 1740 she skillfully negotiated autonomy for her people. Although her existence is heavily steeped in myth and superstition, Nanny is still regarded as a historic persona, and is the national heroine of Jamaica today.