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Caribbean Heroes

Caribbean Pride::
February is celebrated as Black History month in the U.S. and other countries. For us Black History is every month. So we've decided to add this Caribbean Pride section to the site to salute outstanding West Indians throughout the year. Some of them were born in the islands and others have their roots in the islands, but one thing is sure they all have the same traits--strong, intelligent, creative, proud--in true West Indian style.

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Born in St. Lucia on January 23, 1915. At the age of 10 he gained a scholarship age to enter St. Mary's College, he completed the Secondary School program at the tender age of 17. He graduated from the London School of Economics, with a Bachelor of Commerce and in 1940 and successfully completed the requirements for a Ph.D. in Industrial Economics. He lectured at the London School of Economics, the University of Manchester, and Princeton. He spent 5 years as the Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies. He helped establish and head the Caribbean Development bank, and wrote several books including

Principles of Economics, which went on to become a staple in the curriculum of West Indian schools. In 1978 he was knighted by Her Majesty the Queen for his contribution to the economic development of the region. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Economic Sciences in 1979, one of the highest and most recognized international honors. His wife Gladys was born in Grenada. He died in 1991 and is buried on the grounds of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College in St. Lucia.


Born in Kingston, Jamaica on July 6, 1941, Gordon "Butch" Stewart has been called the "king of all-inclusive resorts," the "Cupid of the Caribbean," and the "master of marketing." The founder and chairman of Sandals and Beaches Resorts After rising to the position of sales manager for the renowned Dutch-owned Curacoa Trading Company Stewart left in 1968 to start Appliance Traders, Ltd. Founded as an air-conditioner service and distribution company, ATL soon grew meteorically, adding refrigerators, freezers and other appliances. Today, ATL makes or sells everything from water pumps and electrical generators to cars and auto parts. While his achievements in the diverse industries affirm Stewart's business acumen, the founder and chairman of Sandals and Beaches Resorts' inexhaustible

drive to improve and innovate is perhaps most visible in his 1994 agreement to take over leadership (he is the largest shareholder) of Air Jamaica, the Caribbean's largest regionally based carrier. All told, Butch Stewart spearheads two dozen diverse companies that are collectively Jamaica's largest private sector group, the country's biggest foreign exchange earner and its largest non-government employer. Today, Stewart controls what analysts estimate to be a billion dollar, privately-owned Jamaican-based empire that includes 13 Caribbean resorts, Air Jamaica, Appliance Traders Ltd., and The Observer newspaper.