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The Guyanese-born publisher, who passed away following a short illness, on October 14 at Ealing Hospital, in west London, has also been described as humble, caring and someone “who always looked out for others”.
Huntley, 86, arrived in Britain in 1958 to join her husband Eric.In Guyana, she was a leading member of the People’s Progressive Party and played a part in the nation’s fight for independence.
Once in the UK she continued her activism, mainly through the power of publishing.
Her business, named Bogle-L’Ouverture after black revolutionaries Paul Bogle and Toussaint L’Ouverture, was created after what close friend, Professor Gus John, described as “a fierce campaign against the Jamaican Government’s decision” to ban academic and activist Walter Rodney from returning to the island.
The pioneering company, which Jessica co-founded with her husband Eric supported by donations from friends, published Rodney’s iconic text Groundings with my Brothers.
The People’s Progressive Party yesterday issued a statement saying it mourns the death of Mrs. Jessica Huntley who passed away in the United Kingdom recently.
The PPP noted that Jessica was the wife of Eric Huntley who was one of the founder members of the PPP and who played a prominent role in the liberation struggles of the 1950s and early 1960s.
“Like so many freedom fighters of that time which included Dr. Cheddi Jagan and his wife Janet, he was also imprisoned by the colonial government on trumped up charges but he never wavered in his commitment and dedication to a free and democratic society,” the PPP stated.
He was also known for the principled position he took during the period of the split of the PPP in 1955 where he stood up, along with several others in opposition to Forbes Burnham who opportunistically sought to take over the leadership of the Party. This resulted in the unfortunate split of the PPP in 1955.
The PPP recalled that Mrs Huntley, along with Janet Jagan and a few others were founding members of the Women’s Progressive Organisation which was formed on May 27, 1953 to represent women issues and to support the PPP in its struggle for national liberation. According to Jessica Huntley, who was named provisional secretary, “the WPO stands for a better educated woman who can bring up her children in surroundings of security; it stands for peace and friendship among the people of the world and for ultimate liberation of our women from colonialism and poverty.”
The PPP wishes to extend its deepest condolences to the relatives and friends of Mrs.Jessica Huntley who along with her husband played a significant role in the struggle for a better Guyana.
“May her soul rest in peace!” the PPP said.