Season of Emancipation begins

The Season of Emancipation 2013, began on April 14 and will run until August 23. 

Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, Stephen Lashley, said that reparations remain a burning issue for descendants of African slaves, while Acting Director of the Commission for the Pan African Affairs, Dr. Deryck Murray (left) and Acting Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth, Esworth Reid look on.
Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, Stephen Lashley, said that reparations remain a burning issue for descendants of African slaves, while Acting Director of the Commission for the Pan African Affairs, Dr. Deryck Murray (left) and Acting Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth, Esworth Reid look on.

This year Barbados is celebrating the season of emancipation within the context of the decade for the people of African Descent and that runs from this year to 2023.

Minister of Sports, Culture and Youth , Stephen Lashley, made these disclosures today during a press conference at his office on Haggatt Hall, St. Michael.

Lashley explained that on April 25, the National Heroes’ Day lecture will be delivered by Professor Pedro Welch in association with the Barbados Museum and the Historical Society. The lecture wil deal with Linking Heroes to Heritage and will be held at the Barbados Museum. He went on to say that on April 28 the National Heroes’  Day Church Service will be held at the Church of the Nazerine on Collympore Rock, St. Michael.

On July 26, the Day of National Significance will be celebrated under the theme From Emancipation to Independence and will be held at the Frank Collymore Hall. Emancipation Day falls on August 1 and in recent days has always been held at the Crop-Over Bridgetown Market.

Lashley pointed out that Marcus Garvey’s birthday will be celebrated on August 17 and United Nations Day of the Abolition of the Slave Trade will be celebrated on August 23.

‘‘We feel that all of this is very relevant to modern day Barbados- how we see ourselves within the context of our national identity. You would be aware that last year, the Cabinet also would have put in place a national task force which speaks to the issue which dealt with slavery and reparations. That Task Force begun its work and I am pleased to say that the force of that task force would be one which we seek to arouse not only the Barbadian consciousness but what is happening across the Caribbean, and we want to form linkages and synergies with other commissions across the Caribbean. It is part of a worldwide movement even though it is an issue which we in Barbados do not speak a lot about.” Lashley explained.

Smith pointed out that it has to be a joint effort including countries in the region and wider afield. He noted that Barbados has been in the forefront in the call for reparations and he did not feel that it was an issue from which it should recoil.

 

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