May 29, 2009
Vincentians march on African Liberation Day


“African solidarity will bring success,” was the theme of the March and Rally to commemorate African Liberation Day which was held on May 25th 2009.{{more}} The activities were spearheaded by the Ministry of Culture and local heritage groups. The March started at Heritage Square with a small crowd and proceeded around Kingstown then to the Richmond Hill Playing Field.

Minister of Culture, Rene Baptiste, stated that Vincentians know little about their past and heritage. To improve this situation, she proposed that the Social Studies curriculum should include aspects of African History as reflected in Caribbean civilization. Additionally, Minister Baptiste is investigating possible options for persons to pursue a course in the Swahili language noting that we currently have diplomatic relations with several African countries.

According to Minister Baptiste, a dance tutor will be visiting our shores from Trinidad & Tobago to train dance enthusiasts and interested persons. Minister Baptiste sent out a general invitation to the public.

Jomo Thomas, Social Activist, delivered the feature address at the Rally. He said that the struggle for African liberation is important and mentioned the dedication to the cause of African Liberation in the 70’s and 80’s in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

According to Thomas, the solidarity that was achieved in the past is solidarity that is needed now more than ever. He said there is a need for consciousness building in the struggle of African Liberation. Thomas said that he is committed to freedom and working to combat the ills of Neocolonialism. (API)