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Guyanese Achievers: Blue Plaque Unveiling For Cecile Nobrega – London UK – June 1, 2019

BLUE PLAQUE UNVEILING FOR CECILE NOBREGA

International Educator, Playwright, Composer and Renowned Poet

Cecile Nobrega

“Find me a place in the sun, in the sea, on a rock, near an Isle,” is the opening salvo of a poem written in 1968 by Cecile Nobrega.  The poem was titled The Bronze Woman, which was published in her first book of verses, soliloquies, and celebrates the women of the Caribbean and elsewhere.  However, Cecile Nobrega’s poem would go on to inspire the first public statue of a Black woman in the UK.

The Bronze Woman

The 10-foot bronze statue of a woman holding a child was unveiled in 2008 as part of the 60th anniversary commemorating the arrival of the Empire Windrush.  The sculpture, a physical representation of the Bronze Woman poem, was created to symbolise the strength and resilience of women as mothers, their essence as nurturers, and future aspirations for their families and themselves.

The statue proudly stands in a Lambeth Park known as Stockwell Memorial Gardens, a stone’s throw away from where Cecile lived.    Continue reading

Women’s contribution to emancipation struggle must be recognised

Women’s contribution to emancipation struggle must be recognised

MARCH 1, 2013 Georgetown, Gina, February 28, 2013

Women’s contribution to emancipation struggle must be recognised – Professor Verene Shepherd

 The Caribbean was urged to take action to honour women who contributed significantly to the fight for emancipation yet still remain unknown for the most part.

Speaking at the third in the series of commemorative lectures to mark the 250th anniversary of the 1763 Slave Rebellion, Professor Verene Shepherd, urged a correction of this lack of recognition and make history compulsory in all schools.

Professor Shepherd from the University of the West Indies, Jamaica said, “A Guyanese woman, Cecile Nobrega inspired the first public monument to a black woman in England, but we are not focusing on our own deficiencies in the area of symbolic decolonisation, and one of the reasons there’s no groundswell is that we don’t know who they are.”    Continue reading

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