1969, he returned to the Inns of Court and successfully completed his final bar
examination, returning to Grenada in March 1970, where he went into private
to the Grenada’s situation in 1973, Maurice formed M.A.P (Movement
for Assemblies of the People) and in the same year, merged MAP
with another political group formed and led by his colleague, Unison Whiteman.
Whiteman’s group had the name Joint action for Education Welfare
and Liberation (JEWEL), the out come was the formation of the New
Jewel Movement (NJM).
1976, Maurice was elected to the House of Representatives and became leader of
the Opposition, a post he held until March 13th 1979, when he led an
armed, almost bloodless revolution and seized power of the Government. During
his time as leader of the revolution, his People’s Revolutionary Government (PRG)
made great achievements in the fields of Education, Medical services, workers
rights, women’s rights, co-operatives, Political awareness, land development,
infrastructure and started the International Airport (which one day should
(will) be named in his honor).
Central Committee of the Revolutionary Government placed Maurice under house
arrest on October 18th 1983. He was freed by the Grenadian people and
then taken to the army’s headquarters on Fort Rupert, where he was later
ambushed and assaulted by a detachment of the People’s Revolutionary Army
(PRA). He was executed on October 19th 1983, along with Norris Bain,
Fitzroy Bain, Jacqueline Creft, Unison Whiteman, Vincent Noel and countless
other Grenadians. This set the stage for a U.S Invasion of Grenada on October 25th,
1983. Maurice Bishop will remain one of Grenada’s Fallen National Heroes and
has rightfully earned his place amongst the many outstanding Men and Women. He
is an authentic hero to oppressed peoples all over the world. In his words “FORWARD
EVER BACKWARD NEVER”.
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