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Jamaica's 'Invisible' Black Men of the 19th & 20th Centuries

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"The problem of identifying Black participants in public life has, I believe, led to a continuing underestimation of the role of the Black middle-class intellectuals in Jamaica in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, since comparatively few of them have, in fact, been identified. Hector A Josephs  is one of the most prominent of these 'invisible' Black Men".(Dr. Joy Lumsden)

Hector A Josephs is the son of schoolmaster; Matthew Josephs, recently featured on the 'Labrish', who had outlined his ancestry in an autobiographical preface to a book of verse, "The Wonders ofCreation", London, in 1876.  Hector  A. Josephs ESQ., B.A., L.L.B., K.C, his son, attended law school at Trinity Hall, Cambridge and was called to the bar in 1896.  On his return to Jamaica his career went from strength to strength, from occupying
a seat on the Jamaica Legislative and Privy Councils, to being welcomed at King's House along with his fellow graduates from  Oxford and Cambridge.Join us this Thursday 5/24/12 at 8: PM as we continue to help Dr. Lumsden bring visibility to theJosephs family's contribution to our history and culture.