Daily Archives: 02/13/2013

CARICOM should seek reparation for slavery – UWI Pro-Vice Chancellor – video

CARICOM should seek reparation for slavery, says UWI Pro-Vice Chancellor

shot0002 Governments need to create a regional reparation agency to present an international case against its former colonizers.
Describing slavery as the “Worst Crime against humanity”, Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies, Professor Hillary Beckles, called for an ‘informed and sensible conversation’.

He said Caribbean descendants of African slaves have both moral and legal rights to reparation for the injustices that were done during the slave trade.

Sir Hilary was at the time delivering the first of a series of lectures to commemorate the 250th Anniversary of the 1763 Berbice Slave Revolt as part of Republic celebrations,   Continue reading

Protests continue against the Gov’t location of the 1823 monument – video

Protests continue against the location chosen by Government to erect 1823 monument

Members of the Coalition For the 1823 monument have stepped up their resistance to

Gshot0003overnment’s plan to erect a monument near the  at Kitty, to commemorate the brutal killings of slaves on the then Parade ground, with a picketing exercise at the opening of the Ministry of Culture Workshop at the Umana Yana.

But at the same time, the Government said it’s moving ahead with the proposed site. Some members of the organization are maintaining that they were never consulted on the matter. Continue reading

New York City Exhibit Features Artists of Guyanese Heritage

New York City Exhibit Features Artists of Guyanese Heritage

2013-02-09-VictorDavsonMARK.jpgPosted: 02/11/2013 4:06 pm – Huntington Post

In a bright, open space on Second Street and Avenue B in Manhattan, an exhibition featuring 12 artists of Guyanese descent is on view at the Wilmer Jennings Gallery.

Guyana is a country that is approximately the same size as the state of Idaho. Although it is situated on the northern coast of South America, it is considered part of the “Anglo-Caribbean.” The Dutch, French and English all planted their imperial flags on the terrain. With the abolishment of slavery in 1834, an influx of workers from East India came to the country. Today, 50 percent of the population is descended from East Indians and 36 percent is of African descendent.

At the opening, I was able to speak with several of the artists as well as the show’s curator, Carl E. Hazlewood. His stated goal was to inform a larger audience about the achievements of artists of Guyanese ancestry.    Continue reading