In an effort to inspire a greater recognition of “Emancipation Day” in the Barbadian society, the African Heritage Foundation (AHF) has conceptualized an educational initiative aimed at doing such. It is intended that this initiative will result in greater participation and attendance at Emancipation Day celebrations. “Emancipation Day” is often times overshadowed by the Kadooment Monday jump up. In 2017, for the first time in many years the two did not coincide. This resulted in increased attention being given to that day.
The AHF wishes to build on “Emancipation Day” celebrations 2017 by shining a spotlight on the day through the month of July. Several initiatives are being put in place to do so by the AHF. The “Emancipation Day” challenge is one of those initiatives.
“Emancipation Day Challenge”
During the month of July the AHF will promote a comprehension challenge through social media, radio and newspaper. Participants will be required to answer 30 questions pertaining to “Emancipation Day”. Answers to the questions will be given in 10 articles that are to be found here on the AHF’s website. Completed questionnaires will be submitted either via email or physically at given locations.
On the eve of Emancipation Day, July 31st at an event hosted by the AHF, draws will ensue to determine the winners of the challenge.
Here is article number 3 in this 10 part series on “Emancipation Day”. It is taken from JYOTI Communications and fisrt published on August 1st 2009. It was written by Jai Parasram
Emancipation Day symbolizes a continuing quest for freedom. In 1834 Britain released an entire race from servitude, but it was only a small, first step to freedom from economic and social bondage.
Nearly two centuries later, freedom continues to be an elusive dream for so many of us everywhere.
In a world that accepted and tolerated the legitimacy of Apartheid, where ethnic cleansing and racism have ravaged entire societies, where hate devours reason, where the mind is still in chains, where economic interests are stronger than human dignity, freedom is yet to be won.
Emancipation Day is a time to recognize that we have made progress. But it is also a time to acknowledge that the journey is incomplete.
It is about reflecting on the struggle of people everywhere, a struggle for equality, dignity and freedom, a struggle immortalized in the words of the poet William Cowper, lamenting the greatest indignity humanity ever inflicted on itself.
Our nation was created through the labour of slaves, and sustained through “A New System of Slavery” in the years of indentureship.
All our people are the product of our history of servitude. And Emancipation Day is about all of us.
The journey to freedom is a long one. Let us continue to travel the road to freedom as one people, one nation committed to equality and dignity for all.
African Heritage Foundation