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Belize's Timbuktu
Published on January 6, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

Belize’s Timbuktu

By Abdulmajeed K. Nunez

Belizeans in the Diaspora I feel like a pregnant mother
Having complications to deliver
I beckon you to contribute towards the restoration of Belize’s Timbuktu
The legacy Garvey and Haynes left for you
It’s gone full circle and his philosophy has proven to be true
Many of you who were the 40s, 50s and 60s babies
Can remember when Liberty Hall on Barack road was the epicenter

Most of our elders were Garveyites
Elders can remember their space on the floor
When Liberty Hall opened its doors
Liberty Hall was a boxing gym, a place where carpentry was taught in-depth
Decade before what we call ITVET
We talk about apprenticeship program
Well Liberty Hall was the number one

It was the practice place for the original messengers
It was the birthplace of all major political parties in the homeland
It was the birthplace of the Labour movement
That set the stage for Belize’s hijacked Jesuit political movement
PUP, NIP, UBAD, Black Carcasses and L & POB
It was the place to be and became a hallmark of the country

Garvey helped us to get an Identity
When the colonial masters mid di chance we
It is true that many wanted to be British subjects
Making Garvey’s visits to Belize suspect
He taught us one love, one aim, one destiny
He taught us that black is beauty
That we were created equally and were decedents of royalty
He propelled the consciousness with our black ancestry

Teaming up with the Coconut king
Who provided major funding
He went to America and took his doctrine
J Edgar Hoover was trembling, plotting and planning
To destroy Garvey’s program for independent living
Liberty Hall was the birth place of the Annual Baby Pageant
Spearheaded by the Black Cross Nurses’ movement
This was the first welfare system that led to what is left of our ministry of human development
Belize’s first house of parliament
Where great minds converged to plan strategies to make Belize independent
It was more than just a place of entertainment

Liberty Hall was a hurricane shelter
Remember the two vats in the yard where people got clean water?
Remember Vivian Seay and Nurse Cleopatra?
Their efforts birthed the nursing school
It was also the birthplace of Excelsior High School
It was the meeting place for all new churches
That did not follow the orthodox doctrines

I implore the Belizeans in the Diaspora
To make a 2014 resolution
To restore Liberty Hall to its rightful position
A university for the upcoming generation
It needs restitution and renovation
To comfortably teach the children the Marcus Garvey program
This my friends is the solution
If the Diaspora was to make a $0.25 contribution
We can set up an education system that is proper
Instead of fighting this corrupted Westminister model
Garvey’s model is a proven example
Especially with agriculture, agroprocessing, agro tourism,
Computer and black power
I call on the Diaspora, UBAD Education Foundation, NTUCB, COLA, all NGOs, Commoners, Legemeri Dangriga, NGC, SATIM, the Creole Council, the Chamber of Commerce, the Mayan Council and grassroots leaders
TV Ramos, Julian Cho, Vivian Seay, Cleopatra White, Evan X Hyde, Nuri Muhmmad, Emerson Guild, Dr Abigail McKay, Samuel Haynes, Phillip Goldson, Leotene Gillett, Maud Parks, Rita Berry, Ms March, Jessie Keliman, Thelma Gill and Antonio Soberanes
All suffered trying to pass on this mantra
Let’s work together and not allow them to divide and conquer
Let’s give them our National Agenda.
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