Barbados is in store for a very special Independence message, says president of the Clement Payne Movement, David Comissiong.
He was this morning addressing the media at the Clement Payne Centre in Crumpton Street, the City to announce the imminent visit of the leader of the Nation of Islam, Minister Louis Farrakhan.
He will visit Barbados as part of a five-nation Caribbean tour, which begins on November 21 and continues until December 12.
Farrakhan is scheduled to arrive in Barbados on Sunday, November 25 and will have several engagements across the island until he leaves on November 30.
Comissiong said that Barbadians should be very fortunate to have him in Barbados during the season of Independence to speak.
“We are very conscious of the fact that the minister is now 80 years of age… Who knows if the minister will be able to visit us again in the future, so this is very much an historic tour,” Comissiong said. “He has come to Barbados in the past but this visit holds special significance.
“The visit comes at a time when not only the Caribbean but the world is enmeshed in a civilisation crisis; a financial, economic, moral, cultural crisis. That crisis has impacted very severely on Caribbean people and nations. It has impacted very severely on black and African people worldwide and therefore this is a time when we especially need the motivational message of Minister Farrakhan.
“We know what his message is. He has been consistent in preaching lessons of racial uplift, moral rectitude, right and good living. Lessons of racial and Caribbean unity, of economic empowerment for black people and I dare say that now more than ever, we need that message — we need the organisational insights of Minister Farrakhan who has done such a tremendous job in building the Nation of Islam as an international organisation.
“So I think we are very, very fortunate to have him come to Barbados…,” he said.
Farrakhan will also visit Grenada, Dominica, the US Virgin Islands, Belize and the Bahamas. This series of visits is a follow-up to an earlier Caribbean tour which ran from December 2011 through to March 2012 when he visited Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts, Antigua, Cuba and Trinidad and Tobago. (KC)