Career & Education

Mico Gold Medal awardee: Clinton Hutton

Sunday, November 26, 2017

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Over the next few weeks the Jamaica Observer will feature each of the five Mico University College Alumni Association's Gold Medal awardees for 2017. This is the fourth instalment.

 

Dr Clinton Hutton is known for his enthusiasm for history, culture and black power. With this wealth of knowledge he could have been a historian, but he chose to teach, sharing the knowledge through his lectures at The University of the West Indies (UW).

“I think my drive to become a teacher existed because of my father. My father was in his 60s when I was born. What I got from my father was not that he could run up and down and play cricket and do all of that. I was able to get from my father, his intellectual interest, his interest in reading. He had his own little library. He read his newspapers every day,” Dr Hutton shared.

Hutton's father knew a lot about local and international history and he ensured that his offspring knew it too. He was a great storyteller and this drew the attention of many.

“Our father used to tell us a lot of history and philosophical stuff. I learnt about ancient Egyptian and its pyramids, by the time I was 10 years old. I knew about José Marti because my father lived in Cuba for a while working. He used to tell stories of his stay in Cuba. He used to tell us about World War I and II. He had a lot of interest in those wars. Especially World War two. I learnt about these people when I was a boy when I should be playing marbles or hoisting kites. I was fascinated by what my father was telling me. He wasn't only giving us facts, he was a very good storyteller. He held our interest by the way he told us,” Hutton told the Jamaica Observer.

In his eyes, his father was an excellent teacher and he wanted to do the same. Hutton's older sibling, Disraeli, enrolled at Mico University and this piqued his interest even more.

Dr Hutton is also a painter. He got the talent from his mother who would draw patterns for embroidery. He remembers drawing from the young age of three. His sharp mind would vividly remember different aspects of nature and draw these images. Eventually, he began mixing his own paint from different sources to add colour to his pieces.

Hutton is known for both talents that he drew from his parents. He has written many pieces, books and journal articles alike, exploring history and culture. Most recently, he wrote is Colour for Colour Skin for Skin: Marching With the Ancestral Spirits Into War Oh Morant Bay.' His paintings have been featured at many exhibitions. Dr

Hutton was recognised this year by his alma mater, the Mico University, for his outstanding contribution to education and art. He is one of five Mico Alumni who received the Gold Medal Award. The others were Jeremy Palmer, Dr Yvonne Shorter Brown, Dr Arthur Geddes, and Mervis Johnson.

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