Adams and Mottley Person of the Year

Barbados’ Prime Minister Mia Mottley and New York City Mayor-Elect Eric Adams

New York City Mayor-Elect Eric Adams and Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley are EVERYBODY’S Person of the Year for 2021. The Magazine’s Person of the Year (then called Man and Woman) started in 1978, following EVERYBODY’S launch on January 2, 1977.
The first year’s accolades went to the late Manhattan Borough President Percy Sutton and Janelle Commissiong of Trinidad & Tobago. In 1977, she became the first black woman to be crowned Miss Universe.
Although we did not count nominations sent to us between January and October 2021, readers suggested Prime Minister Mia Mottley for the 2021 Person of the Year almost every month. However, as soon as nominations became official, the Prime Minister and Brooklyn’s Borough President Eric Adams received the lion’s share.
Gone are the days when readers nominated their parents, siblings, countryperson, and prime minister. Judging from emails received, Prime Minister Mottley was the unanimous choice from people of various Caribbean heritage and from different nations.  No nominations came in for any other Caribbean head of government, which could indicate that the region needs more leaders like Mottley.
On February 6, 2019, at a reception hosted by Borough President Eric Adams, Roy Hastick, founder of the Caribbean-American Chamber of Commerce and Industry, suggested that guests get acquainted with Adams. Hastick told them that after January 1, 2022, they “will have to cross the river or Brooklyn Bridge to see Adams at City Hall!” Hastick predicted correctly, but Covid-19 took him away from seeing his dream come true.
As a police officer, Adams held peaceful rallies during summer in Bedford Stuyvesant/Crown Heights to invigorate and elevate young people. EVERYBODY’S Magazine followed his gatherings. His deep connection and working with grassroots communities resulted in his winning a New York State Senate seat, which propelled him to serve later as Brooklyn’s Borough President.
Other personalities nominated for Person of the year included the three Jamaicans who swept the women’s 100m at Tokyo 2020 – Elaine Thompson-Herah, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (EVERYBODY’S Person of the Year for 2019), and Shericka Jackson.
In addition, Aisha Braveboy, Prince George’s County State Attorney, a rising star in Maryland (politics), received many nominations. Two famous entertainers, Rihanna Fenty and Nicki Minaj, also obtained significant votes. Overall, 35 persons were nominated including two children.
A cardinal advantage for inviting readers to send their suggestions is they inform us of people we never heard about residing across the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and the Caribbean who are excelling in their respective professions. As a result, some are featured in EVERYBODY’S editions.
1977 – Janelle Commission/Percy Sutton
1978 – Calypso Rose/Clive Lloyd/Ken Pollock
1979 – Nobel Laureate Sir Arthur Lewis/Dr. Marguerite Thompson
1980 – Prime Minister Eugenia Charles/ Prime Minister Edward Seaga/Congressman Mervyn Dymally
1982 – Prime Minister Tom Adams/Dame Helen Beatrice Lucas
1984 – Peter Ottley/Daphne Weekes
1999 PERSON OF THE CENTURY – Marcus Garvey
2004 – Prime Minister Patrick Manning
2009 – Usain Bolt
2013 – Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer
2014 – The Mighty Sparrow
2016 – Usain Bolt/Tina Charles
2019 – Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
2020 – Lewis Hamilton
2021 – Prime Minister Mia Mottley and NYC Mayor-Elect Eric Adams


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