Tomorrow, African Liberation Day, entertainment, education featuring multimedia presentations, drama, and the introduction of a new CD on reparations will all form part of the Emancipation Support Committee’s (ESC) launch of its programme for the 2014 commemoration.
The launch takes place at the Lions Cultural Centre, Fitzblackman Drive, Woodbrook, at 5 p.m., and combines with the observance of African Liberation Day. Admission is free.
The theme this year, “Reparations; Righting a Historical Wrong”, will be addressed by ESC chairman Khafra Kambon.
Caricom helped to set the stage for this theme when in June 2013, Heads of State of 15 Caribbean nations took a historic decision to claim reparations from Britain, France and other European countries for the suffering inflicted on Africans by the trans-atlantic slave trade and chattel slavery, as well as the genocide against the indigenous peoples of the region.
This year, the African world and all those touched by the messages of Marcus Mosiah Garvey will also be celebrating the 100th anniversary of his founding of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and the African Communities League.
Guest speaker is Dr Donna McFarlane, director and curator of Liberty Hall in Kingston, Jamaica, the former centre of Garvey’s Jamaica operations. Liberty Hall: The Legacy of Marcus Garvey, as it is officially named, is now a major global centre for information on Marcus Garvey and the UNIA.
Dr McFarlane, whose career background spans work as a development economist with a number of international organisations, is also qualified as a PhD in Museum Studies.
She has overseen the transformation of the once abandoned Liberty Hall, situated in a marginalised and violent inner city community in Jamaica, into a cultural, educational and inspirational institution respected and cherished by the surrounding communities, the rest of Jamaica, and the world.