The People’s National Party (PNP) proudly joins the nation in commemorating the 130th anniversary of the birth of one of Jamaica’s most distinguished leaders, The Right Excellent Norman Washington Manley ONH MM QC. As we honour his remarkable legacy, we pay tribute to the visionary statesman and one of the founding fathers of our Party, who dedicated his life to the advancement of Jamaica and the betterment of its people.
Born on July 4, 1893, Norman Manley trailblazed with a profound impact on Jamaica and the wider Caribbean region. His historic role as Jamaica’s first and only Premier holds significant importance in the country’s journey towards self-governance and independence. With great distinction, he chaired the joint committee that decided on a constitution for separate Independence for the nation, bringing together diverse voices to shape Jamaica’s path to sovereignty. His leadership, wisdom, and inclusive approach ensured a grounded process in democratic principles and the aspirations of the Jamaican people.
The First to Lead
As the first President of the PNP, he led our organisation with unwavering dedication and commitment, fostering a vision of social justice, equality, and empowerment for all Jamaicans. His diplomatic acumen and steadfast determination earned him respect on the global stage, where he played a crucial role in shaping regional cooperation and unity in the Caribbean. His leadership extended far beyond political boundaries. As a brilliant lawyer, he fearlessly advocated for the rights of the marginalised and disenfranchised, tirelessly championing the cause of social and economic justice.
As we celebrate this milestone anniversary, we reaffirm our commitment to upholding the principles and values exemplified by Norman Washington Manley. We remain dedicated to pursuing social justice, equality, and sustainable development for all Jamaicans. May his legacy continue to inspire us to create a society where every citizen can thrive, irrespective of their socio-economic background.