Today August 1, 2014 many Caribbean countries will be celebrating Emancipation Day. It has been almost 200 years since The Slavery Abolition Act 1833 ended slavery in the British Empire on August 1, 1834. Once again we will have that debate as to how truly free we are since slavery.
But the fact of the matter is, there are many things beyond our control. Instead of getting into a debate on how free we really are, start with how we THINK of ourselves.
So I recommend my very favourite song by Bob Marley, “Redemption Song”
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African-ness still disrespected
African-ness still disrespected Friday, August 1 2014 click on pic to zoom in Rapso artiste Karega Mandela on stage at the event. The psychological damage caused by slavery, he said, cannot be undone singularly, which is why emancipation celebrations are held every year. Kambon said Africans of today continue to bear the psychological, social and economical burdens of a traumatic past while those who made a fortune from their unpaid labour are still enjoying these fruits. Trinidad and Tobago’s Newsday : newsday.co.tt :
WINN FM 98.9 – Caribbean Reparations Movement gaining momentum
In St. Kitts and Nevis, the local Reparations Committee is making plans to launch an education campaign to raise awareness of the regional efforts and garner feedback from the public. Well soon be rolling out an educational campaign that will take us throughout the length and breadth of this Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. We will be coming to the communities to educate them and ask questions of them on how they see they could support our works. St. Kitts and Nevis has been invited to partake in a reparations discussion in Antigua and Barbuda in October. WINN FM 98.9 – Caribbean Reparations Movement gaining momentum