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Open letter to people of African descent
Published on September 10, 2012 Email To Friend    Print Version

This year 2012 marks significant anniversaries of important landmarks in the history of people of African descent. It is suggested that on the 12th October this year there be commemorative events in anticipation of the United Nations Decade for People of African Descent which begins January 2013. Some of the anniversaries are as follow;

•The 520th anniversary of Columbus’ arrival in the Americas, which was the gateway to the transatlantic trade in Africans, chattel enslavement and colonialism – 12th October 1492. The navigators on this voyage were Africans (Moors);

•The 300th anniversary of the “legendary” address by one Willy Lynch to the slave owners on the Banks of the James River in Virginia USA. On this occasion it is alleged that Willy Lynch shared his method of indoctrinating the enslaved persons which ‘will be self-generating and self-perpetuating for a minimum of 300 years or longer, unless some great phenomenon happened to break the cycle of white supremacy’ - 1712;

•The 200th anniversary of the erection of the statue of Horatio Lord Nelson in Trafalgar Square, Bridgetown, capital city of Barbados as a symbol of white supremacy – 1812. (This statue of Lord Nelson was erected some 30 years before the one of him in Trafalgar Square London);

•The 100th anniversary, the founding of the African National Congress (ANC) and its struggle for liberation of Africans in South Africa and on the continent – 1912;

•The 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II reign as Head of the British Empire – 1952. (During her reign all British-held African states regained their political freedom, which they had lost since 1884/5 and the Berlin conference when the continent was carved up by Europeans and shared amongst themselves);

•The 10th anniversary of the historic African and African Descendants World Conference against Racism in Barbados - 2002;

•The 10th anniversary of the African Union (formally the Organisation of African Unity), which has made the decision for the Diaspora to be the sixth region of Africa within a United States of Africa - 2002;

•The 10th anniversary of the UN’s Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent that recommended there be; (1) an International Year for People of African Descent (IYPAD) (2) an International Day for People of African Descent (IDPAD) and (3) a Decade for People of African Descent (DPAD) all with the theme Recognition, Justice, Development - 2002.

It is hoped that Pan-African groups around the world will be organising commemorative events of these anniversaries. In Barbados on Friday, 12th October 2012 such an event is scheduled to take place at the Barbados Museum, Garrison Bridgetown. In this event the centre peace will be an imaginary dialog between the late Rt. Excellency Errol Barrow, Barbados’ first Prime Minister, speaking on behalf of our African Ancestors and Lord Horatio Nelson representing the imperialists. This event will be open to the public free of charge and participatory.

The legacy of 12th October 1492; transatlantic trade in Africans, slavery and colonialism has impacted on all peoples of African descent. It is suggested that 12th October be the International Day for People of African Descent for Recognition, justice, Development to start in 2013 the beginning of the Decade for People of African Descent as recommended by the United Nations.

Elder Rev. Buddy Larrier
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Bernadette Shiels:

It is amazing how you people left out the single most revolution that took place in the early 1800's(1804). This revolution marked the determination of the slaves as people who knew they were inferior to none. The Haitian Revolution fought by Black people for Black people.


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