2023 04 04 12.29.53

Mottley Gov’t extols USA as Vauxhall becomes Shirley Chisholm Primary

Mottley Gov’t extols USA as Vauxhall becomes Shirley Chisholm Primary

2023 04 04 12.29.53

Vauxhall Primary School at Vauxhall, Christ Church, was renamed The Shirley Chisholm Primary School in an elaborate ceremony on a bright and blazing Tuesday afternoon.

Chisholm nee St Hill, who was born in Brooklyn, received part of her early education at the school.
Chisholm nee St Hill, who was born in Brooklyn, received part of her early education at the school.

She would go on to become the first black woman elected to the US House of Representatives and the first woman to run for the presidency of the USA.

A vivid recollection of her Bajan and American days was deftly regaled by family member <strong>Simone Walker</strong>, who easily shifted from dialect to Southern twang when necessary.
A vivid recollection of her Bajan and American days was deftly regaled by family member Simone Walker, who easily shifted from dialect to Southern twang when necessary.

Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, US Ambassador Linda Taglialatela, Minister of Education Kay McConney and other officials from the ministry headed the list of dignitaries attending the ceremony which also fell victim to the Islandwide power outage and interrupted streaming to overseas guests.

But it was <strong>Kadaris Alleyne</strong> who stole a moment in delivering "<strong>The Greatest Love of All</strong>" <em>a cappella</em> and not halting once over the lyrics.
But it was Kadaris Alleyne who stole a moment in delivering “The Greatest Love of Alla cappella and not halting once over the lyrics.

The idea for the renaming Vauxhall Primary was put forward by former student and former resident of Vauxhall, Chad Blackman, who was Barbados’ Ambassador to the United Nations and is now senior advisor to the director general of the International Labour Organisation.

Mr Blackman revealed an annual debating contest in the Congresswoman's name will be forthcoming and is in the process of being finalised.
Mr Blackman revealed an annual debating contest in the Congresswoman’s name will be forthcoming and is in the process of being finalised.

In addition to the renaming, there is the specially designed Shirley Chisholm Memorial Garden, a bust of Chisholm, a unique two-sided mural depicting aspects of her life and a plaque commemorating the occasion. (ORIGINAL TEXT FROM NATION PUBLISHING, EDITED HEAVILY BY THE BAJAN REPORTER FOR MORE DETAILED STORYTELLING)

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