Recognition & Awards

Michael Manley received numerous national, regional and international honours and Awards. These include:

  • Jamaica’s Order of Merit (OM)
  • Order of the Nation (ON)
  • Order of the Caribbean Community (OCC)
  • UN Gold Medal for “significant contribution in cooperation with the United Nations and in solidarity with the South African liberation movement in the international campaign against apartheid”
  • World Peace Council’s Juliot Curie Peace Award for “contribution to the struggle of the Jamaican people and all people of the non-aligned world fighting for economic independence”
  • Socialist International’s citation for “contribution to the world economic debate on the New International Economic Order and for contribution to the deepening of democracy in Jamaica and the Caribbean”.
  • South Africa’s Order of the Companions of Oliver Tambo (Gold Award) for promoting the interests and aspirations of the Republic of South Africa “at the higher levels through excellent cooperation and active expression of solidarity and support”.
  • Induction into the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, for “the outstanding contribution he made during his life, his powerful enduring legacy in civil rights and his prominent voice in raising international awareness about the great civil rights issues that continue to resonate around the world”
  • Renaming of the headquarters of the National Housing Trust (NHT) as “The Michael Manley Building” in recognition of his role as the principal architect of the Trust
  • A monument has been erected in National Heroes Park, in Kingston, to honour his memory.
  • An endowed Michael Manley Chair of Public Policy has been established at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona, Jamaica.
  • The UWI has announced the establishment of a Michael Manley Centre for Global Dialogue, on its Mona Campus, to include a Michael Manley Scholar in Residence programme, an annual distinguished Lecture and interdisciplinary undergraduate course titled ‘The Michael Manley Legacy’ and a co-curricular programme of cultural activities in Mr Manley’s name.
  • A Memorandum of Understanding jointly signed in 1998 by the Government, the bauxite/alumina companies operating in Jamaica and the trade unions was named The Manley Accord in recognition of work done by Mr Manley in the last eighteen months of his life in the effort to work out rules of engagement to secure industrial peace at the workplace.
  • The Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) has set up a CTO/Michael Manley Memorial Fund, through which it provides scholarships and other forms of subsidy for outstanding Caribbean students pursuing courses in tourism.
  • A produce market, a housing estate and a major thoroughfare on the principal route linking Kingston with the Norman Manley International Airport bear his name.
  • His image appears on the $1,000 bill.