Led by Maurice Bishop and described as the first armed “socialist revolution” to occur in a predominantly black state in the western hemisphere, the Grenada Revolution refers to the 4 ½-year rule of the New Jewel Movement in Grenada.
People of Grenada, this revolution is for work, for food, for decent housing and health services, and for a bright future for our children and great grandchildren. The benefits of the revolution will be given to everyone regardless of political opinion or which political party they support. Let us unite as one…
– Maurice Bishop, radio broadcast, March 13, 1979
Depending on whom you ask, the Grenada Revolution ended either on Bloody Wednesday, October 19, 1983 when Bishop and several of his supporters were murdered or on October 25, 1983 the day of the US Intervention.
The revolution enjoyed popular support from Grenadians and was affectionately known as the ‘Revo’.