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CELEBRATING THE 4OTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ADVENT OF THE GRENADA REVOLUTION

Written by Ruggles Ferguson

A broad based celebrations committee has been established to spearhead activities for the landmark 40th anniversary of the advent of the Grenada Revolution.

The Grenada Revolution Celebrations Committee comprises six co-chairpersons namely, Ruggles Ferguson, Attorney-at Law and Interim President of the Grenada Revolution Memorial Foundation (GREMFO); Glen Noel, former general secretary of the National Democratic Congress;   Dr. Malachi Dottin, a Cuban trained Plant Bio-technologist  and Chairperson of the North West Development Authority; Brian Lindsay, a leading member of the now defunct Maurice Bishop Patriotic Movement (MBPM); ,Dr. Wendy Grenade a senior lecturer in Political Science at University of West Indies, Cave Hill Campus; and Dr. Winston Thomas, a Cuban trained medical doctor and President of the Grenada- Venezuelan Friendship society. Each co-chairperson heads a specific area of the work being undertaken for the 40th Anniversary.

The schedule of activities commences in March and ends in May. Among the key activities already scheduled for March are:

A calypso show branded Champs in Concert scheduled for 9th March at the Trade Centre. The show will feature veteran Calypsonian  from Trinidad & Tobago Bro. Valentino, and local veterans Ajamu, Black Wizard, Scholar, Rootsman Kelly and Skylark.

The launch of a book on the Revolution titled, By Their Own Hands by Englishman, Dr. Steve Cushon and Grenadian, Denis Bartholomew, at Norton’s Hall on 11th March.

The 4th Annual March 13th Lecture to be delivered by former Prime Minister of St. Lucia Dr. Kenny Anthony at the Trade Centre on 12th March.

An exhibition on the Revolution from 13th to 15th March at Norton’s Hall.

During the celebration period the Committee also intends to organize public education sessions, health fairs, community work and cultural activities. .

The schedule of activities culminates with an academic conference from 27th to 29th May under the theme The Grenada Revolution 40 Years After: Commemoration, Celebration and Critique. The conference coincides with African Liberation Day (27th May) and the 75 anniversary of the birth of former Prime Minister Maurice Bishop (29th May).

The Committee is encouraging individual and groups in villages across Grenada to undertake activities to mark what was an historic event and period in the history of Grenada.

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