Jan. 7, 1940-
Sociologist and authority on Rastafari whose work has impacted the lives of persons outside the confines of the University. Professor Chevannes served organisations such as Fathers' Incorporated, Partners for Peace, Peace Management Initiative, the National Commission on Ganja, the Justice System Reform Task Force, and the Caribbean Community Commission on Youth Development. Professor Chevannes was also a leading activist for peace in Jamaica as he headed the Violence Prevention Alliance which launched a safe community campaign in 2006.
He played a leadership role in the University Township Project, and did considerable work in the surrounding communities of August Town for many years In addition to his outstanding contribution to the University of the West Indies, Professor Chevannes also contributed to the field of music, as a song composer and a singer, acclaimed for his excellent baritone. Professor Barry Chevannes received numerous awards for his work.