Why Hummingbird Express? (The following narrative expounds on this, a small island of 3 million yet renowned by the accomplishments of several of its nationals.
The “Doctor Bird” or Swallowtail Humming Bird lives only in Jamaica and is one of the most outstanding of the 320 species of Humming Birds. It is well to note that the beautiful feathers of these birds have no counterpart in the entire bird population and produce iridescent colors, characteristics only of that family. The Doctor Bird has been immortalized for many decades in Jamaican folklore and songs.
H– Kamila Harris Kamala Devi Harris was born in Oakland, California, on October 20, 1964. Her mother, Shyamala Gopalan, a Tamil Indian biologist whose work on the progesterone receptor gene stimulated advances in breast cancer research, had arrived in the United States from India in 1958 as a 19-year-old graduate student in nutrition and endocrinology at the University of California, Berkeley; Gopalan received her PhD in 1964. Harris’s father, Donald J. Harris, a Stanford University professor emeritus of economics, arrived in the United States from British Jamaica in 1961 for graduate study at UC Berkeley, receiving a PhD in economics in 1966. Of Afro-Jamaican descent, Donald Harris met his future wife Shyamala Gopalan through the civil rights movement.
U– The original Latin motto, “Indus Uterque Serviet Uni” has been changed to one in English: “Out of Many, One People”. The arms show a male and female Taino (Arawak) standing on either side of the shield which bears a red cross with five golden pineapples superimposed on it. The Crest is a Jamaican crocodile surmounting the Royal Helmet and Mantlings.
M– Bob Marley was born in Nine Miles, St. Ann Jamaica on February 6, 1945. His father Norval Marley was a white rural overseer and his mother the former Cedella Malcom was the black daughter of a local custos (respected backwoods squire). In April of 1981, the Jamaican government awarded him the Order of Merit.
M– Madge Sinclair was born Madge Dorita Walters on April 28,1938 in Kingston, Jamaica. She worked as a teacher until she was 30 and then left her two sons and husband and moved to New York City in 1968 to become an actress. In 1974 she made her film debut in Conrack as Mrs. Scott. In 1979 she was diagnosed with Leukemia, she still acted and she lived longer than the doctors predicted she died in 1995 after 13 years of battling Leukemia.
I– John Joseph Issa was born December 1, 1965 in Jamaica. He is a businessman who was born in Kingston, Jamaica. Founder of the Cool Group which comprises over 50 companies. At 30 his first business venture was a petrol station called Cool Oasis, which was the catalyst for the group becoming the largest Jamaican owned operator of petrol stations in Jamaica.
N– Naomi Campbell was born May 22, 1970 in London, England to a Jamaican born dancer and an unnamed father. She appeared in music videos for Bob Marley. She was the first Black woman to appear on the covers of French and British Vogue and the first Black model to appear on the cover of Time. She co-authored the novel Swan in 1994.
G– Gordon (Butch) Stewart was born July 6, 1941 in Kingston Jamaica. His nickname was given to him by an American sailor along the north of the country’s coast where he grew up. He built the first Sandals Montego Bay Resort in Jamaica in 1984. He also founded the Jamaican Observer newspaper in January in 1993. He was referred to as Jamaica’s most admired businessmen by Kamal King, President of Cambridge College and Community Services Jamaica.
B– Usain Bolt born August 21, 1986 in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Jamaican sprinter who won gold medals in the 100 and 200 meter races in unprecedented three straight Olympic Games. Son of grocers in Jamaica’s rural Trelawny parish. At 15 years old in Kingston, Jamaica won gold in the 200 meter race. He is 6 feet 5 inches and he defied the conventional wisdom that very tall sprinters are at a disadvantage as fast starters. He published a Memoir in 2010 but it was later reissued and expanded in 2012 The Fastest Man Alive: The True Story of Usain Bolt.
I– Barrington Irving was born November 11, 1983 in Kingston, Jamaica. He was the first African American to fly solo around the world. At the age of 15 is when his interests turned to aviation, at his parents bookstore a customer who was a pilot came in and invited him to tour the airport of the Boeing 777 airliner. With only 600 hour flight experience on March 23, 2003 he set off from Miami, Florida and around the world he went stopping in various countries as Europe and Asia he returned on June 27.
R– Sanya Richards-Ross was born February 26, 1985 in Trelawny, Jamaica, is a former Jamaican-American track and field athlete who competed internationally for the US. She was the best 400 m runner in the world for a decade ranking number 1 from 2005-2009 and again in 2012. She has a son with her husband Aaron Ross who was a NY Giants Cornerback.
D– Patricia Daley, Jamaican-born British human geographer and academic. At the age of 12 she emigrated to England she attended school in Hackney, London. She is a professor at Oxford. She specializes in forced migration, political ecology and Africa.
E– Patrick Ewing born August 5, 1962 in Kingston, Jamaica. He was a basketball player and coach who was one of the most dominant stars of his era. He primarily played for the New York Knicks. He was an All American three times and was voted the most outstanding player in the 1984 Division 1 tournament.
X– Xaymaca meaning ‘land of wood and water‘ given because of its rich vegetation and majestic rivers and coastal waters.
P– Asafa Powell born in Spanish Town, Jamaica on November 23, 1982. He planned to be a mechanic before he took up running while studying in Kingston, Jamaica. When he returned home after Beijing in 2012 he was honored with a celebration and received an Order of Distinction (Commander Rank) in recognition of his achievements in the Olympics. His only gold medal won at the Olympics was in Rio in 2016.
R– Bertram Fraser-Reid, chemist and chemistry professor, he was born on February 23, 1934 in Coleyville, Jamaica.From 1966-1980, he established the Fraser-Reid Rowdies at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario where he served on the faculty.He received Merek,Sharp & Dohme in 1977 from the Chemical Institute of Canada. In 1995 he was awarded the Musgrave Gold medal from the Institute of Jamaica.
E– Edward Seaga he was a politician and statesman. He was the fifth prime minister of Jamaica from 1980 to 1989 and the leader of the Jamaican Labour Party from 1974 to 2005. He was born May 28, 1930 in Boston, Massachusetts to Jamaican born parents who returned to Jamaica when he was three months old. He was one of the most successful music producers and record company owners until he turned to politics.
S– Sean Kingston was born February 3,1990 in Miami, Florida. When he was 6 his family moved to Kingston, Jamaica.He is a Jamaican- American singer, rapper, songwriter,and record producer. He adapted his stage name from the capital of Jamaica. In 2009 he released the Album Tomorrow which featured the single “Fire Burning”. He has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the industry, Pitbull, Zendaya, Jason Derulo, Bow Wow and many more.
S– Toni-Ann Singh is a famous Jamaican singer born on February 3, 1996 in Morant Bay, Jamaica. She won Miss world in 2019 and Miss Jamaican World. She is the world’s longest reigning Miss World in the history of the pageant. Her mother is of Afro-Jamaican descent and her father is Indo-Jamaican descent.