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TALKING LOUD by Dr. Godfrey Vincent

posted 13 Aug 2012, 13:23 by Gerry Kangalee
In a previous article I criticized Daaga for attacking the young Afro-Trinis on their lack of understanding of 1970. Let me put forward some suggestions that the Chief Servant and his organization can apply to educate new generations of young people about the 1970 Black Power Revolution.
For starters, Daaga can use his Caribbean ambassadorship to argue his case that the CXC Examination Council includes a section on Black Power as one of the historical themes. After all, Black Power reverberated all over the Caribbean and challenged the status quo to make reforms. Therefore, Daaga should use his position and call on Caribbean Heads of States to ensure that the CXC and CAPE syllabi include this important theme.

Next, the Chief Servant can meet with journalist Raoul Pantin to discuss the idea of how Pantin’s account of Black Power can be made available to the youths. Daaga can request that his government provide Pantin with a multi-million dollar grant to re-publish this book and distribute it to the young people.

Daaga can meet with Professor Selwyn Ryan to find ways to have an annual conference on Black Power. Dr. Ryan conducted one some years ago, and his team documented the conference. The Chief Servant can meet with Professor Ryan and discuss what roles can UWI and UTT play in organizing the conference and how the materials can be disseminated to young people.

Furthermore, the Chief Servant can request that his government meet with Dr. Hollis Liverpool (Chalkie) and commission a study on Black Power. Dr. Liverpool is a very qualified historian who can play a leading role in this venture. In turn, Chalkie can meet with other historians to work out the details concerning this important study.

Additionally, he can meet with Professor Sankat, Principal of UWI to seek ways to engage UWI history students in researching 1970. I know that research has been conducted. However, we need to conduct fresh scholarship on the subject and what better way than to have these students conduct research throughout the length and breadth of the nation.

Moreover, Daaga and NJAC can engage in a serious program to archive all its materials and create an archival center like the Eric Williams Memorial Collection where scholars, students and the general public can obtain and provide the center with materials and also conduct research. In this venture, I am offering NJAC my services.

Too, the Chief Servant can create a Black Power education program whereby they go into every community and engage the young people in dialogue on a number of issues that affect their communities and the roles they can play in transforming these communities.
If the Chief Servant is concerned about Afro Trini youth and their present condition, I humbly suggest that he quickly seek solutions to the problems that will help to liberate the youth. In 1970, he played a role in inspiring young people.
However, if he has to play that role again, then, he must get back to his original mission of creating a new man (human) and promoting the People’s Parliament. Chief Servant, do you seriously want to engage the youth or are you just “talking loud and saying nothing?