The San Fernando City Corporation (SFCC) hosted a public lecture recently on the topic of reparations at its City Hall Auditorium, Harris Promenade. The lecture, which featured David Muhammad, is part of a month-long series of events planned for the city's Emancipation Day celebrations.
Councillor Naigum Joseph delivered greetings on behalf of Mayor Haji Kazim Hosein stating, “The discussion around the issue of reparations is not one of victimhood or revenge. It is the recognition of the contribution that African slaves and their descendants have made to the economic development of the Americas and Europe that is still affecting the global distribution of wealth today.”
Hosein also stated, “It is important for every one of us to take time to understand the issue of reparations and the history around it if we are to build a secure future for our society, our city and our nation.”
The event was well attended by pupils representing ASJA Boys' College, ASJA Girls' College, St Joseph's Convent, San Fernando, Naparima Girls' High School and San Fernando East Secondary School. Also attending were parents, teachers and SFCC staff.
Deputy Mayor Alderman Junia Regrello chaired the event and moderated the lively discussion resulting from the audience's questions to Mohammad. Also attending was the SFCC deputy CEO Willa Guy-Straker.
David Muhammad is a part-time lecturer at the Cipriani Labour College. He is also a radio host at 91.9FM in Trinidad and is the Trinidad and Eastern Caribbean representative of Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam.