40th Anniversary of the Grenada Revolution

Forty years ago on the morning of 13 March 1979 on the Caribbean island of Grenada, the defence wing of the New Jewel Movement (NJM) overthrew the government led by Eric Gairy. It was a bloodless coup which was hailed not just by Grenadians, but by many other island nations in the region. Maurice Bishop, the most prominent leader of the revolution became the country's second Prime Minister. He was brilliant, charismatic and much loved by the Grenadian people, giving voice to their ambitions and needs: "This revolution is for work, for food, for decent housing and health services and for a bright future for our children." Though it was not to last beyond 1983 and its end was tragic, the NJM did indeed positively impact the lives of the people of Grenada. We remember.  


Maurice Bishop: 2nd Prime Minister of Grenada