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[[image]] [[caption]] Yvonne O'Connor is a charter member of Jamaica's Nanny Corps - a new service for visitors traveling with children. Yvonne, who came from a large family herself, has graduated from a special training school sponsored by the Jamaica Tourist Board. [[/caption]] [[image]] [[caption]] Jamaican models show "Ras" Lloyd Young's new hand-blocked prints symbolizing the "Peace and Love" credo of Jamaica's Rastafarian sect. Ras Young wears one of his own Haille Selassie shirts and characteristic knitted cap. His Boutique is in Kingston, but Rasta fashions may be found all over Jamaica today. [[/caption]] [[image]] [[caption]] TEATIME TENNIS IN JAMAICA: Sunset is a popular hour for players at the Montego Bay Racquet Club. Fifty three different hotels and clubs around the island offer the tennis vacationer attractive facilities for play, many of them by the sea. At least ten of these have night lights and several hotels provide grass in addition to all weather courts. [[/caption]] JAMAICA'S GOT IT ALL TOGETHER THIS YEAR - Jamaicans have always managed to have a good time by making the most of their island's wonderful scenery and their rich traditions. They love outdoor feasts and sports and much of their humor is expressed in music and dancing. Now, more and more, the Jamaicans are sharing these things with visitors. This year, especially, there are many new things to do that are traditional yet presented in a fresh and different manner. For example, every Tuesday and Thursday night if you're in Montego Bay, you can canoe upriver to a torchlight feast in the hills by a rushing cascade of green water. If you're in Ocho Rios on those days, you can go to a garden party on a hilltop or a big, festive barbecue at the foot of Dunn's River Falls. On Saturday, go kite flying as the Jamaican children do, and perhaps win a prize; on Sunday nights be surrounded by the sights and sounds of Jamaica's folk music and dancing. And any day of the week you can tee off on any one of the island's eleven golf courses without waiting, and play as many rounds as you can take. If you're on your honeymoon, it will be enhanced by a lovely "dowry" dress, compliments of Jamaica and the 45 hotels that welcome newlyweds with flowers and island drinks and special rates. If you're a bit past the honeymoon stage and are traveling with small children, a member of the new "Nanny" corps is ready to watch over them for you at the nominal cost of $5 a day and her lunch. Nannies are a Jamaican tradition and these pink-uniformed young ladies combine their love for children with modern training. If you want to vacation in luxurious surroundings there are many big luxury hotels. But if you're in the mood for informality and intimacy, not to mention reasonable prices, choose one of the delightful inns of Jamaica, all approved by the Jamaica Tourist Board. And this year, if you want to go camping under the stars at the edge of the sea, there is the new Strawberry Fields, which provides all equipment from screened tent to flapjack flipper. Near the relatively unexplored coast of the island another new pleasure has been added at Paradise Jungle Park. Here you can play golf on a nine-hole course laced by rivers and giant trees, though your game might suffer if you watch or listen to the nearly 300 species of birds inhabiting the park, jungle gardens and farm. A new island-wide Visitors' Assistance Service and a number of convenient exchange bureaus for easy changing of currency, and it looks as though Jamaica has really got its traditional pleasures all together new for this year. JAMAICA TOURIST BOARD WANTS JAMAICAN TOURISTS - The more than one million Jamaicans living in North America and Britain are being encouraged to visit their home island in 1978. Tourism Director Desmond Henry has joined with many prominent Jamaicans in beaming a home-again message to expatriate Jamaicans. "A special welcome mat is being spread for all Jamaicans who wish to come home even for a short time and help in the year long celebrations" he said. "We want our people overseas to recognize that tourism in Jamaica is not the indulgence of any one class or kind, but is there for all to enjoy, most particularly our brothers and sisters and our overseas cousins, no matter how many generations removed." One consideration behind the invitation from the Tourism Director and others is the hope that some of the returning Jamaicans will observe the vast changes that have occurred on the island since their departure, and consider giving their talents, learned abroad, to building a stronger Jamaica "AMERICAN BLACKS SHARE JAMAICAN HERITAGE" SAYS DR. RALPH ABERNATHY — Dr. Ralph Abernathy, President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, arrived here for a vacation on Jamaica's Labor Day. But instead of the usual holiday, he found thousands of Jamaicans working voluntarily in streets and gardens, hospitals and other civic projects, led by the new Prime Minister, Michael Manley. The noted American civil rights leader immediately joined in and when interviewed later said, "We have been tremndously lifted by what we saw here - the esprit de corps, the togetherness." In Dr. Abernathy's party were his wife; his executive assistant, Rev. Bernard Scott Lee; Chairman of the Economic Arm of the SCLC-backed Operation Breadbasket, Rev. Dr. William A. Jones, Jr. and Mrs. Jones; and Trevor Spence of Nostrand Travel Bureau, New York. He said he plans to adapt Jamaica's Labor Day program in the United States, and also to return in a few weeks with a group of 200 people from the Atlanta and New York areas. The accent will be on cultural and social education. "I'm a Jamaican," he said. "So are all my black brothers and sisters in America. Not only do I join in the sentiments of Dr. Martin Luther King when he said, "In Jamaica I first felt like a man and a human being," but, indeed and in fact, black Americans have a physical link with Jamaica. American blacks are the descendants of Negro slaves from Africa who were first brought to Jamaica and then sold to plantations in the U.S. South. I find I still have many relatives here in Jamaica." Dr. Abernathy went on to say that American Negroes are not aware of this close relationship with Jamaica, and he encouraged more of his followers to come here not only for the pleasures, but to experience and absorb the massive cultural wealth particularly relevant to them in terms of Jamaica's black majority and a successful government, largely black, and as racially integrated and socially harmonious as the people. "The food you eat, the beauty of the houses you live in, your gardens, your schools, the way people behave and speak, the way you walk — so proud and free — all this will comprise the education and cultural shock." After their visit to Kingston, Dr. Abernathy and party lunched at the famous Shaw Park Hotel as guests of the Jamaica Tourist Board, and spent the last two days of their visit in Montego Bay, where they were guests at the Royal Caribbean Hotel. 266
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