Category Archives: Guyanese in New York

Guyanese-born Surgeon and Team Saved MLK’s Life After 1958 Harlem Stabbing – Opinion

Black History Month; The West Indian – F

 Plaque dedicating THE AUBREY MAYNARD CARDIAC OPERATING SUITE at Harlem Hospital. (Photo by C. Aklu)

Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his last speech, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” on April 3, 1968, at the Mason Temple in Memphis Tennessee. The following day, April 4, 1968 he was assassinated by James Earl Wray as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel.

But his role and achievements in the Civil Rights Movement may have been a lot shorter and less impactful, had it not been for a great team of surgeons and staff that saved his life 10 years earlier in New York City’s Harlem.            Continue reading

Guyana-born Historian Dr. Keith Wailoo named 2021 Dan David Prize winner

Dr. Keith Wailoo

From:  B. Rose Huber, Princeton University – School of Public and International Affairs

Feb. 15, 2021

Wailoo, the Henry Putnam University Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton, is being honored for his work in the history of health and medicine. He will share a $1 million prize with Alison Bashford of the University of South Wales and Katharine Park of Harvard University.        Continue reading

Big Challenges for “Little Guyana” in New York City – by Francis Quamina Farrier

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The Richman Hill area of Queens, New York City, is populated with tens of thousands of Guyanese immigrants of Indian heritage, and is known as “Little Guyana.”

It grew out of Guyanese of Indian heritage who migrated and settled in that area of Queens, New York over the past half century. Residents include Doctors, Lawyers, Business People and other professionals. As one travels along the popular Liberty Avenue, one observes many billboards with the word “GUYANA” on them.  Continue reading

Profile: Captain Ralph Clement: Commanding Officer: 9th Precinct; New York Police Department (NYPD)

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Who leaves Guyana for Canada, at age fourteen, stowaway to New York, and end up as a Captain, and Commanding Officer, in the New York Police Department? Ralph Clement tells his story with unabashed realism, and a seriousness that should warm the heart of the immigrant community. The story inspires, motivates and typifies the splendor of the American Dream. Ralph landed in New York with nothing but dreams. The bus stopped at Times Square and Ralph had to learn the ways of the City.        Continue reading

Guyana: Buxton- Friendship Newsletter – December 2020

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Season’s Greetings to all Buxtonians and Friends!

Buxton-Friendship Express returns in the throes of the devastating pandemic – COVID-19. We are glad to be back, and hope that you are well and in good spirits.

We have initiated a fundraising drive to provide care products, learning devices, food hampers and other essentials for the vulnerable and needy in Buxton. We beg that you kindly consider making a contribution to this effort.

You may download the attached copies or click on the following links to access them:      Continue reading

Music Video: Slingshot DrePaul – A Very Merry Guyanese Christmas

Music Video: Slingshot DrePaul – A Very Merry Guyanese Christmas

‘A Very Merry Guyanese Christmas’ captures the spirit of Christmas in Guyana.

Guyana Consulate Toronto: Virtual Jubilee Awards Ceremony & Cultural Presentation – December 27, 2020 – 7PM EST

Guyana Immigrant Carves Success Story in Construction – By Maddie DeBilzan | SW News Media

Shakopee Woman, Guyana Immigrant, Carves Success Story in Construction

  By Maddie DeBilzan | SW News Media

When Devi James moved from her home country of Guyana to Queens, New York as a 17-year-old, she could no longer crack the windows open in January to smell the sea. 

It was a trade off she’d come to accept, because in Guyana with the sea in her backyard, the waves taunted her. As a girl, she wasn’t supposed to swim in them.      Continue reading

GUYANA: OPINION – Remigration is not the answer

BOOK: The River Flows On – by Ivan Watson (Author)

BOOK: The River Flows On – by Ivan Watson (Author) – Paperback

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The River Flows On is a story of two places-Guyana and Brooklyn, US. It sets out the tale of the main character, a young man born into a riverain family with a rich heritage, who is conflicted about his family and the river and delves into his relationships and actions that culminate into a downward spiral.

The struggle to survive in both places and a small part of the unheralded and oftentimes overlooked narrative of many Caribbean immigrants in their quest for a better life in the US are essential to the telling of this story.        Continue reading