Tag Archives: Sidney-Young

Toward a Better Understanding

The George W. L. Westerman Collection at the Arthur Schomburg Branch (in Harlem) of the New York Public Library.

In continuing our sojourn through the history of the English language press in Panama the editorial in The Panama Tribune of Sunday 28 July of 1946 merits a closer look. In this weekly newspaper, the only newspaper which published literary expressions by Westindians for Westindians in the history of the Panamanian community, we saw reflected in its pages the historic turn of events that were shaping the lives of the Westindian community. Continue reading

The English Language Newspapers- The Annals of The Silver People’s History and Culture- Part I

Vintage images of the Old Biblioteca Nacional Courtesy of their website binal.ac.pa.

Accustomed as I’ve been since my college days of spending hours pouring over ancient volumes, archives and records in the venerable libraries of New York City (The N.Y. City Public Library) and several other branches, I must say, going to peer into the pages of The Panama Tribune here in Panama was an experience. Upon telling the woman behind the circulation counter which newspaper I wanted to consult she invited me to take a seat in the periodical area and proceeded to hand me a pair of latex gloves and a dust mask. Continue reading

George W. Westerman- Part I

Image of George W. Westerman meeting
Congressman Adam Claton Powell (Panama) 1949.
Courtesy of Schomburg Library


Probably one of the greatest stars in the
Westindian galaxy of outstanding men and women was George W. Westerman (February 22, 1910-August 30, 1988), who was at once a tennis champion, historian, journalist, diplomat, sociologist, community leader and businessman. This proud and resourceful “Renaissance Man,” of the Westindian community in Panama exemplified  the long list of achievements of the first generation Panamanians of West Indian descent. Continue reading

The First Generation of Panamanian Westindians 1914-1930

Sidney A. Young, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Panama Tribune- A Weekly Newspaper

San Miguel School in Panama
An ealy “English School” (circ. 1935)
Image courtesy of www.czbrats.com


The isolationist policies of the North Americans on the
Canal Zone forced another dispersion of some of the Jamaicans who had become aware that as Jamaicans their knowledge, skills and leadership qualities would, more than likely, not be appreciated on the “Zone.” Some Jamaicans, however, remained loyal to the Westindian community in the country remaining and setting the tone of leadership in the Black Canal Zone. Continue reading