Thursday, February 22, 2018

Emancipation Support Committee youth lead memorial lecture series


‘BOUND’ TO THE STRUGGLE: Safiya Olugbala

Mark Fraser

The young voices of the Emancipation Support Committee (ESC) take the lead in today’s edition of the Kwame Ture Memorial lecture series.

The discussion will take the form of a debate—“Be it resolved: The struggle for reparations in the Caribbean will empower the young people of the region”.

The debate—scheduled for 7 p.m. in the audio-visual room of the National Library, on Abercromby Street, Port of Spain—keeps with the theme of this year’s Emancipation celebration, which is “Reparations: Righting a historical wrong”.

Reparation comes from the Latin word reparat, which means to repair. In the context of the effects of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, reparation refers to righting a wrong, especially crimes against humanity.

History records indicate millions of Africans were enslaved.

As Caricom strengthens its argument that Europe should establish compensatory payment to descendants of African families who were enslaved, the debate continues over the worthiness of such a claim.

Today’s debaters are:

• Jabari Lynch—a spoken-word poet who uses his gift to carry Christ-centred lyrics to the people. He is currently in his last year at the University of the Southern Caribbean, where he majors in History.

• Safiya Olugbala—president of Black Awareness Society (a registered NGO) and Cool Calabash (A Green Technologies company). She is also the daughter of a Black Power revolutionary who has always found herself bound to the transatlantic struggle for African liberation and justice through education and activism.

• Tusca Martinez—a radio announcer with 14 years of experience and the owner and jewelry designer of TradeMark Designs since 2010. She is an observer of life and is exploring the African story.

• Jervae Caesar—functions as the head of the Labour Market Information Unit in the Ministry of Labour & Small and Micro Enterprise Development. He possesses an MSc in Economics.

He has also excelled in the calypso arena having been crowned Stars of Tomorrow Calypso Monarch in 2008 and was the recipient of several Top 20 Stars of Gold Awards.

The public is invited to hear this interesting exchange of ideas and discourse.