BLACK HISTORY – By Vibert Lampkin

 – Speech made on February 22, 2010 

I have had a bit of difficulty choosing what I would speak about today.

Vibert Lampkin

Black history was not a subject taught in Guyana where I was born and received my formal education. In elementary school we learned a bit about the history of Guyana and how Sir Walter Raleigh thought that he had found Eldorado, the legendary city of gold – in fact he never did.

In high school we were taught English history about the kings and queens of England. The reason was quite simply because our examinations were set and marked by the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge and London. And I was not interested in how many wives Henry VIII had and how he came to dispose of them.

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