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GUYANA: ACDA Countdown to Emancipation 2022 – Georgetown – 10 July 2022

Germany Agrees To Pay Namibia €1.1bn Over Historical Herero-Nama Genocide

Germany calls atrocities ‘genocide’ but omits the words ‘reparations’ or ‘compensation’ from a joint statement

NAMIBIA – click to enlarge

 Philip Oltermann In Berlin | The Guardian UK

Germany has agreed to pay Namibia €1.1bn (£940m) as it officially recognised the Herero-Nama genocide at the start of the 20th century, in what Angela Merkel’s government says amounts to a gesture of reconciliation but not legally binding reparations.

Tens of thousands of men, women and children were shot, tortured or driven into the Kalahari Desert to starve by German troops between 1904 and 1908 after the Herero and Nama tribes rebelled against colonial rule in what was then named German South West Africa and is now Namibia.            Continue reading

When Black Ruled The World – video

Black History month – February

Black When Black Ruled The World

Comment re this video on YouTube:

By David Sha 1 week ago:  What about this film is racist? I honestly didn’t hear one disparaging remark about any other “race”. Racism is a form of prejudice from one group to another based entirely on race. It’s one group saying that they are better than the other based entirely on skin color. It’s one group subjugating the other based on race. This film was merely stating facts based on scientific evidence and archaeological findings. Many of the archaeologists were white. Were they racists against their own?

Folk Festival Symposium Update – Historical Obeah Article

July 21, 2011
Dear Colleague:

The attached journal article is an interesting contribution to Guyanese cultural history, especially the study of religion/spirituality–one of the themes to be explored at the 10th annual Guyana Folk Festival Symposium to be held at the Empire State College, 177 Livingston Street, Brooklyn, NY on Saturday, September 3, 2011 at 9:45 a.m. The theme is “Arrivals, Encounters, and Exchange.”

For further details on the theme, please visit: http://www.guyfolkfest.org/symposium2011.htm

By way of an update, twenty-four proposals have been selected for presentation at this year’s symposium. Through panel discussions, short performances, and a video festival featuring documentaries and a short narrative film, attendees will explore contemporary ideas on Guyanese culture and identity. Among the ideas to be addressed are pre-Columbus Guyana; African cultural retentions; Guyanese art, language (including language loss), literature, music, and food; religion in Guyana; the Guyanese diaspora; and the new media and Guyanese identity.

Your usual support will be appreciated.


Vibert C. Cambridge, Ph.D., Professor, School of Media Arts and Studies, Scripps College of Communication, Ohio University
740-593-9178 (Office) 740-593-9184 (Fax)
From: Randy M. Browne [randybrowne@gmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, July 20, 2011 9:07 AM
To: Cambridge, Vibert
Subject: Fwd: WMQ article on obeah in Berbice
From: “Randy M. Browne” <RandyBrowne@gmail.com>
Date: July 20, 2011 9:00:06 AM EDT
To: cambridg@ohio.edu
Subject: WMQ article on obeah in Berbice

Dear Vibert,

I’m not sure if you remember me, but we corresponded briefly about a year ago about a research trip I was planning to Guyana. I’ve since been to Guyana and I had a wonderful time there. Thanks again for your help orienting me.

At the time we corresponded, you had expressed an interest in reading an article I was preparing on obeah in early nineteenth-century Berbice, and now that the article has been published I thought I would share it with you. If you have any thoughts on the article, I’d love to hear them.

All the best,

Browne_WMQ article 473K – Download Browne_WMQ article offprints

Exhibition -“Influences of our African Forefathers…”

Influences of our African Forefathers in the Struggles for Independence’. 


The Ministry of Culture, Youth & Sports in partnership with the National Archives yesterday opened its annual exhibition in celebration of Guyana’s 45th Anniversary of Independence at the National Museum.

The exhibition is being held under the theme, ‘Influences of our African Forefathers in the Struggles for Independence’. 

This year exhibition pays homage and highlights several of our African forefathers who helped in the fight for Guyana independence.

The theme of the exhibition is also in honor of 2011 being recognised by the United Nations, as the year of People of African Descent.

The exhibition highlights persons such as the first leader of Guyana, L.F.S Burnham, Guyana President from 1985-1992 Desmond Hoyte and political advocate Walter Rodney.

In addition to the exhibits of the African pioneers of independence, displayed as well, are other central persons as well as events that led and culminated into the realization of Guyana independence.

In his address at the exhibition opening, Minister of Culture Youth and Sports, Dr. Frank Anthony said the purpose of the exhibition is not merely a celebration of Guyana independence but a remembrance to Guyanese of our independency.

The Minister urged Guyanese to remember our independence and to reflect on what our ancestors fought for and achieved.  He advocated that Guyanese not only remember what was fought for and gained but that we also continue from where they left off.
“Our ancestors did what they had to do, they brought us to a point, we must stand on their shoulders, continue to build so we can take it to another point for our children and their children, he said.

Director of Culture within the Ministry of Culture, Dr. James Rose speaking at the opening said that he sometimes gets the impression that the struggle for independence, the lesson of that struggle and the current implication of that struggle might be lost today on Guyanese.

He said that if this is indeed the fact or if we are in the process of forgetting, then occasions such as this exhibition serves to ensure that we never forget our struggles for political independence.

The exhibition runs from May 24 to June 7

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