Vincentian Leader, Dr. Gonsalves, to Deliver Emancipation Day Lecture in St. Martin
Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and a renowned campaigner for reparatory justice, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, will deliver a guest Emancipation Day lecture organized by the Independence for St. Martin Foundation, on Saturday 27th June 2015. The lecture, on the topic of “Reparations,” will be held at 8 PM at the University of St. Martin.
“We have to be very focused so that the ‘new colonialism and imperialism’ now being practiced by Western nations cannot pick us off one-by-one,” he told a gathering of ambassadors, politicians, and activists at the Bedford Hall restaurant in Brooklyn, New York recently.
Speaking before the UN General Assembly a couple of years ago, Dr. Gonsalves alerted the international community regarding the 14-nation Caribbean Community (CARICOM) plans to pursue reparations. He informed the eminent personalities gathered in Brooklyn that the lawsuit against the United Kingdom, France, and the Netherlands was going forward; however, he said, “It needs to move faster.”
The awful legacy of the crimes against humanity (committed by these and other European nations during centuries of Slavery) – a legacy which exists today in our Caribbean – should be repaired for the development of our Caribbean peoples and societies, Dr. Gonsalves said.
The general public is invited to the Emancipation Day lecture at USM on Saturday, said the Independence for St. Martin Foundation. Admission is free.