Hedley Powell Jacobs, a Fabian Socialist, who taught history at Jamaica College.
The "Public Opinion," a weekly paper was launched in 1937 by men such as Jamaica College history teacher Hedley Powell Jacobs to put forward views on the question of self-government. Jacobs was also a member of the National Reform Association (a group that began agitating for self-government in March 1938 and is considered ideologically to be a forerunner of the People's National Party (PNP).
The PNP launched at the Ward Theatre on 18th September 1938 by a group of people committed and dedicated to the progress, upliftment and betterment of all Jamaicans. It was headed by Norman Washington Manley, the first President also included O. T. Fairclough, Noel Nethersole, Edith Dalton James, Howard Cooke, T. Adrian Gray, William Seivwright Kenneth George Hill, Vernon Arnett, and Hedley Powell Jacobs.