Daily Archives: 08/01/2021

Emancipation Day 2021 -President Ali hails contribution of Afro-Guyanese

President Infaan Ali

— recommits to establishment of ‘One Guyana Commission’

ALMOST two centuries after the abolition of the most heinous crime against humanity, slavery, Afro-Guyanese continue to catalyse growth and development, making strides in every sphere of life.

“While we take the time to pay homage to our African-Guyanese brothers and sisters on the occasion of Emancipation, we must seize this opportunity to acknowledge, to value, and to celebrate their tremendous achievements and contributions to national development,” President, Dr. Irfaan Ali, said in his message to commemorate Emancipation Day, 2021.      Continue reading

CANADA: CBC offers special programming in honour of Emancipation Day- August 1. 2021

In recognition of Emancipation Day, CBC has special programming to celebrate, educate and reflect on what freedom means.

Emancipation Day commemorates the abolition of slavery across the British Empire on Aug. 1. On that historic day in 1834, the Slavery Abolition Act came into effect, freeing more than 800,000 people of African descent in Canada and throughout the British Empire.

This year, the House of Commons voted unanimously to designate Aug. 1 as Emancipation Day across Canada.

To mark the day, Being Black in Canada, CBC Gem and CBC Arts will provide the following programming:

READ MORE: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/cbc-programming-emancipation-day-aug-1-1.6120915

GUYANA: EMANCIPATION DAY REFLECTIONS – 2021 — By Pat Dial

Today, August 1, Emancipation Day, is celebrated throughout the Caribbean including Guyana.

In 1833, the Emancipation Act was passed by the British Parliament freeing all slaves in the British Empire. But real freedom did not come until August 1, 1838, since the Emancipation Act specified a number of hours per day over several years which each slave had to serve before full freedom were finally accorded.

This period between 1833 and 1838 is known as the Apprenticeship (System) and accordingly, full freedom came only on August 1, 1838, at the end of Apprenticeship.        Continue reading

EMANCIPATION DAY 2021: ‘Emancipate yourself from mental slavery’ – says Former President Granger

People’s National Congress – Message on Emancipation Day 2021

Press statement  – 30th July 2021.

‘Emancipate yourself from mental slavery’ – Former President Granger urges as Guyana celebrates Emancipation Day.

Former President David Granger on Friday urged Guyanese to emancipate themselves from mental slavery and become the drivers for change in their communities and the country.

During his weekly programme, “The Public Interest,” Mr. Granger said that, as the nation prepares to celebrate the 183rd anniversary of Emancipation, that historical event is still relevant to everyday life. He explained that Emancipation set the foundation for political, economic and social changes that transformed the plantations into a nation.          Continue reading