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GCA: Guyana Folk Festival wraps up with Family Fun Day event in Crown Heights

(From left) President of the Guyana Tri-State Alliance Patricia Jordon-Langford; Guyana Consul General to New York Barbara Atherly; First Lady of Guyana Sandra Granger; and President of GUM Sherif Barker-Fraser, join Public Advocate for the City of New York Jumaane D. Williams and his daughter.

“The day was filled with nice-ness and one-ness,” according to Dr. Vibert Cambridge, president of the Guyana Cultural Association. “The Children’s Village was the site of innovations.”                Continue reading

Guyana Cultural Asso. New York- April 2015 On-Line Magazine

 Guyana Cultural Asso. New York- April 2015 On-Line Magazine

GCC-NY April 2015

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR  – Lear Matthews – April Editor.

Greetings! Wah happenin dey?…..We are grateful for the continued support of our patrons and delighted to welcome new readers, as the long anticipated spring blooms fresh daffodils, tulips and water lilies in both our adopted home and our dear land of rivers, streams, savannahs and majestic mountains. A country as rich in tradition as its natural resources, yearning for transformation that would unleash its real potential, and to which many in the Diaspora will truly call “home” again.

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A requiem for Maurice ‘Mo’ Braithwaite – By Tangerine Clarke

A requiem for Maurice ‘Mo’ Braithwaite

By Tangerine Clarke

Maurice BraithwaiteScores of mourners celebrated the life, and bid farewell to Maurice “Mo” Braithwaite, a fascinating, brilliant, and humbled soul who departed this earth on July 20. Braithwaite died at age 72, after a valiant fight with cancer.

No tears were shed, instead, melodies from the saxophone, the violin, the African drum, the keyboard, and a liturgical dance, filled the room of the Arlington Funeral Home, in Queens, on July 22 to salute the extraordinary life Mo lived. His love of the arts, his charity work, and his indelible commitment to the youth, will forever be etched in the minds, of those who crossed his path.   Continue reading

Slavery – The Goree Island guides – what is happening now?

The Slave Narrative as told by Goree Island guides  – what is happening now?

By: Guyana -born Muriel Glasgow, now resident in New York – June 2011

Many of us have an understanding about the Slave Trade and the Slave Routes.  I thought I did, but despite the fact that I visited slave houses on Goree Island in Senegal as well as castles in Ghana and listened to the guided narrative, it was not until this time on Goree Island last week, that I was able to separate emotions from overcoming my ability to listen dispassionately. 

And this is what I heard –

  • Africans rounded up families and brought them to the Goree Island to be sold. (I no longer was lost in the why of this)
  • Upon arrival at the slave house, the families were separated – Men to their cells, women to their cells, children 6-17 years old to their cells.
  • Children under 6 years old were killed/eliminated as there was no room on the slave ship for unproductive groups; men under 60 kg in weight fitted this category and they were also gotten rid of.

The able-bodied men 60kg and over were shipped off to Louisiana; the women were sent to Cuba, Brazil; the children 6-17 sent to Haiti and the West Indies.  This was the Goree Island narrative.  Other slave house narratives might speak of different landing points.

What intrigued me during this visit was the plight of the under-sixes and of the women, for any woman arriving pregnant to the slave house was sent back to the village.  If a woman was impregnated by the colonials, she was also sent back to the villages.

The plight of women and the under six population exists to this day – the under six population is also seen as unproductive and investments are not made or seem to be overlooked as regards their education, development, well being.

This is where I believe that countries should be focusing their investment dollars if they are to win the future in education as President Obama alludes to.

If they are to develop a cohort from the under-six population from which scientists, technologists, engineers, mathematicians, could derive instead of offering up the usual fare of delinquents, street children, fodder for the prison population, or limiting their scope of possibility to athletics and entertainment.

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Children on Slave Ship:Most of those who were transported to the “New World” from Africa via the Middle Passage were under 16 years of age.  

I would like to suggest that the Guyana Cultural Association of New York  (GCA), begin a series on our history, to help us in  eliminating the pain from the memory and replacing pain with strategy as we go forward to create a better world, culturally, for the legacy of Guyana’s children.              

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GCA – Annual Literary Hang – June 5, 2011 – NYC

GCA to pay tribute to ten Guyanese Women

The following article is from the April 2011 Newsletter of the Guyana Cultural Association of New York.   You can download the Newsletter here:

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GCA to pay tribute to ten Guyanese Women of Courage and Vision

By: Edgar Henry

On Mothers day Sunday May 8, 2011, all roads lead to St. Stephen’s Auditorium, 2806 Newkirk Avenue. New York.

An exciting evening awaits you as the Guyana Cultural Association of NY, for the first time in its ten year history will recognize and pay compliment to ten outstanding Guyanese women of distinction at a planned Dinner Theatre.

This affair will promote and celebrate Guyanese women of courage and vision and will shower accolades on their work, energy and spirit. Oft times in our communities we have unsung heroes that are not fully recognized despite their efforts, yeoman service and invaluable contribution to our diverse societies.

In the archives of Guyana, it is well known that it was indeed Guyanese women of Buxton (with a few men) who ‘Stopped the Train’ on the East Coast of  Demerara in order to gain attention from the authorities in order for their needs to be satisfied. This legend goes back to 1862 when villagers, arming themselves with cutlasses, axes, sticks and other implements, laid wait along the railway line to intercept a locomotive train carrying the Governor, whose audience they fiercely sought.

It was the last resort in a series of efforts by them to secure the abolishment of a repressive tax that was imposed on the properties of several villagers. As the train approached the village, several women and a few men formed themselves into a human shield, forcing the driver to bring the train to an immediate halt. The protestors then proceeded to immobilize the engine by applying chains and locks to its wheels. This forced the Governor to step out and meet with villagers. After listening to their complaint, he reportedly decided to rescind the burdensome tax. Ever since, Buxtonian women have earned the reputation as a people of unequalled courage. They succeeded.

This Herculean task by those Buxton women is tantamount to the brave attempt of Rosa Parks – The woman who changed the world and a nation – She was simply tired and weary from a long day of work when she refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger on December 1, 1955. This incident sparked off the modern civil rights movement in the United States. Rosa Parks’s arrest for

breaking Montgomery segregation laws started a boycott of the city bus line that lasted 381 days. This eventually led to the 1956 Supreme Court ruling declaring segregation illegal on public buses. Rosa was considered “The Mother of the Modern-day Civil Rights Movement,” She succeeded.

Guyanese women too, over the years have traveled near and far and took with them that unique discipline, mantle, education, commitment and courage to new dimensions regardless of the odds they encountered. The struggles and disappointments along the way only made them stronger and more focused coupled with their God fearing stamina, drive and determination.

On Mothers Day GCA will recognize ten of these valiant and heroic women who weathered the storms of life to successfully accomplish their objectives. After an exciting nomination process, these are the honorees selected:-

  • Pat Jordan-Langford
  • Lorna Welshman-Neblett
  • Joyce Chase
  • Rosalind October
  • Pamela McKenzie
  • Mildred Joyce Forde
  • Norma Clarke
  • Rev. Evelyn John
  • Shanie Persaud
  • Pauline Bishop

This event is yet another of the new directions GCA is pursuing with its new mandate. This function will venture into the more classical genre of entertainment in dance, piano, trombone and saxophone renditions and with a special guest artiste to thrill every nerve of your body.

Included in the lineup will be a video presentation of the late legendary broadcaster from the “Radio Demerara Children’s Needy Fund” fame, philanthropist Dame Olga Lopes-Seale (Aunty Olga) who recently passed at the tender age of 93 on February 4th this year.

The program will be adorned with surprises and other exciting activities, including a raffle and a private auction. We guarantee that this Mother’s Day will indeed be special in every form of the word and one that will be remembered in time to come.

It is advised that you secure your tickets early for this extraordinary Mother’s Day Dinner Theatre


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