Two hundred years after emancipation, ‘Are we there yet?’

By Christopher Famous

Are we there yet?

This is a question frequently asked by persons on a journey to a place not yet known to them.

In 1834, England declared that all enslaved persons throughout the British Empire were to be set free of slavery. August 1st was to be their emancipation day.

Ah, at long last, the elusive […]

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‘This is the Biggest Case in History’: Fight Goes on for Slavery Reparations

By Ben Stensall

The 1st of August marked African Emancipation Day. Thousands of people marched from Brixton to Parliament as part of an ongoing campaign for reparations to make amends for the generations of slavery that claimed the lives of millions of Africans, who ended up displaced and were forced to work to support Britain’s booming […]

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Emancipation and Economic Resilience

by Maxwell Haywood

The story of the resilience of the former enslaved black population in St. Vincent & the Grenadines (SVG) is part of the global narrative of the resilience of people of African descent throughout the world, who experienced the transatlantic slave trade and colonialism. That heritage of resilience is becoming more vital to the […]

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Black Lives Matter Activists Stage Protests Across Britain

LONDON — Black activists, responding to calls for a nationwide protest against racial injustice, staged demonstrations in London and several other cities across Britain on Friday, in their boldest show of support to date for the emerging Black Lives […]

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Anti-Occupation Activists Stand with Black Lives Matter

The Black Lives Matter movement’s advocacy for Palestinians has caused a rift to open over Israel between younger and older American Jews, and there’s no sign of it mending any time soon.

This week, activists from Jewish Voice for Peace and other groups stood behind Black Lives Matter while more conservative parts of the American Jewish […]

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Open letter to Theresa May: recognise the UN International Decade for People of African Descent

This is an open letter from a coalition of African-led organisations and supporters to Prime Minister Theresa May, the British government and the two houses of parliament. For more information about the letter and how to get in touch with members of the coalition, please contact Michael McEachrane (mceachrane@gmail.com).

We, the undersigned – a coalition of […]

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Don’t forget Emancipation Day, says Comissiong

As thousands of Barbadians take to the streets today for Kadooment Day celebrations, Pan-Africanist David Comissiong reminded them of the significance of the observance of Emancipation Day on August 1st.

Addressing a rally at Bussa’s Statue at Haggat Hall, St Michael to mark the occasion, Comissiong suggested that Kadooment Day is overshadowing Emancipation Day celebrations and […]

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Emancipation Day Reparations March Kicks off in London

MARCH AND PROTEST: Thousands are taking part in this afternoon’s march from south London to west London

TODAY’S RECOGNITION of Emancipation Day (Aug 1) is being marked in the annual tradition with a reparations march from Brixton to Westminster in London.

Speaking at a press conference organised by campaigners, committee member and media officer Brother Dulani explained: […]

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U.S. slavery reparations sought in first Black Lives Matter agenda

SEATTLE (Reuters) – A coalition affiliated with the anti-racism Black Lives Matter movement called for criminal justice reforms and reparations for slavery in the United States among other demands in its first policy platform released on Monday.

The six demands and roughly 40 policy recommendations touch on topics ranging from reducing U.S. military spending to safe […]

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Kambon Calls for Reparations

By COREY CONNELLY (Sunday Express, July 31 2016)

Emancipation observances reache its crescendo, tomorrow, with the traditional Kambule procession through the streets of Portof- Spain and, later, the grand cultural show at the Lidj Yasu Omowale Village, Queen’s Park Savannah.

And while many African descendants would have participated fully in the various events leading up to tomorrow’s […]

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Jamaica Emancipation Vigils Keep Celebratory Atmosphere of Abolition Alive

With 176 years since slavery was officially abolished in Jamaica, the celebratory atmosphere that existed, in the hours leading up to Emancipation Day (August 1) is still kept alive through the yearly staging of Emancipation anniversary vigils island-wide.
Normally held on the 31st of July, starting at approximately 9:00 p.m. in major town capitals throughout the […]

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