272 Slaves Were Sold to Save Georgetown. What Does It Owe Their Descendants?

April 17, 2016

  WASHINGTON — The human cargo was loaded on ships at a bustling wharf in the nation’s capital, destined for the plantations of the Deep South. Some slaves pleaded for rosaries as they were rounded up, praying for deliverance. But on this day, in the fall of 1838, no one was spared: not the 2-month-old baby and her mother, not the field hands, not the shoemaker and not Cornelius Hawkins,…


9 Black Leaders That Don’t Support Reparations

October 19, 2015

Reparations for slavery has always been a controversial topic in the black community. The issue has gained momentum recently, with several Caribbean nations renewing their commitment to seek recompense from countries that benefited from the atrocities of the transatlantic slave trade. However, not everyone in the black community is in favor of righting the wrongs of hundreds of years of enslavement of black people with reparations.


Open letter from Prof. Sir Hilary Beckles to British PM David Cameron

September 28, 2015

Open Letter to the Honourable David Cameron, Prime Minister of the UK & Northern Ireland From the Chair of the CARICOM Reparation Commission Prof Sir Hilary Beckles 26th September 2015 Dear Honourable Prime Minister, I join with the resolute and resilient people of Jamaica and their government in extending to you a warm and glorious welcome to our homeland. We recognise you, Prime Minister, given your family’s long and significant…


Forget the snub in Ethiopia – the slave trade files that tell Africa ‘sorry, you are on your own’

slave trade in Africa
July 20, 2015

This week rich nations slapped down a push for their multinationals to rightfully pay tax. The reason is in plain sight, and goes back centuries. THE inscription on the bronze statue reads: “Erected by the citizens of Bristol and memorial to one of the most virtuous and wise sons of their city.” The 18-foot pedestal in Bristol, the United Kingdom’s eighth most populous city, is in honour of Edward Colston,…


UNESCO Conference to Discuss Reparation for Caribbean Region

July 10, 2015

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – THIRTEEN Caribbean nations are currently in St. Kitts to participate in a two-day UNESCO Sub-Regional Conference aimed at discussing reparations in the region. The Conference, which opened yesterday (Jul. 7) at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort, is titled ‘Beyond Reparations: Strengthening the Slave Route Project in the Caribbean Region’, Speaking at the Opening Ceremony, Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies and Caribbean historian…