This Day In Jamaican History

On this day in Jamaican History: Historical & cultural sociologist Orlando Patterson

Orlando Patterson

On June 5, 1940 Jamaican-born renowned American historical and cultural sociologist Orlando Patterson was born in Westmoreland, Jamaica. Patterson grew up in May Pen, Clarendon. He is well known for his work regarding issues of race in the America, as well as the sociology of development, and currently holds the John Cowles chair in Sociology at Harvard University.

Patterson has appeared on PBS and has been a guest columnist in The New York Times. A recent article in the latter, “The Real Problem With America’s Inner Cities,” used the lens of developmental sociology to analyze recent protests and looting in West Baltimore.


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