On Thursday, December 10, had he been alive, Michael Manley would have celebrated his 91st birthday.
Manley, who served as prime minister of Jamaica from 1972 to 1980 and from 1989 to 1992, is remembered for his participation in social legislations and creation of institutions in the 1970s which changed Jamaica forever. These include equal pay for women, maternity leave with pay, national minimum wage and the National Housing Trust.
The former prime minister died on March 6, 1997, at the age of 72.
To celebrate his birthday, the secretariat of the Peoples’ National Party (PNP) hosted a tribute event under the theme ‘The Word is Love’ at the PNP’s Headquarters on Thursday morning. The event took the form of an exhibition about the life and times of Michael Manley, followed by an evening of reflections.
There will also be an all day exhibition reflecting themes of his ideas and work, which started at 10 am in the Conference Room at the PNP Headquarters.