Many of us have seen this: history being rewritten by mediocre successors in organisations who take credit for the vision and accomplishments of their predecessors.
I remember attending a function where the conceptualiser, one of Jamaica’s most brilliant women, unknowingly, was seated in the audience while newcomers preened themselves at the head table. I had to intervene by leading the lady to her rightful place at the head table, after persuading a reluctant person to take a seat in the audience.
This is why the Caribbean Community of Retired Persons (CCRP), an organisation for seniors, takes great care to research and prepare citations annually for our Living Legacy Awards ceremony. What we have discovered each year is that most high achievers are humble individuals; it is not until you insist that they share their life’s journey that you realise how much they have contributed to Jamaica.