Pioneer Black Organisations
It seems that the Kingston Choral Union may have been one of the earliest Black
organisations to operate successfully in Jamaica. In his book Black Jamaica, (London, 1899), W. P. Livingstone,
wrote as follows about what is clearly the K.C.U.:
"No effort, so far, has succeeded without the guidance and supervision of the
whites. A Choral Union, conducted by a negro, is the only organization that has had a fairly satisfactory record." (p 194)
"The Choral Union already referred to is a black organization taught by an
intelligent black. It has given many performances, and recently carried off the first prize in a public choral competition."
About the same period Dr. J. Robert Love established two Black organisations,
the Phillippo,Knibb and Burchell Memorial Fund Association, and the People's Convention; although both had some success,
neither had the longevity of the K.C.U./Jamaica Choir. However, the earliest purely Black organisation I have so far seen
reference to is the United Franchise Society in the 1830s, but I know nothing of it beyond the name.