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“We must emancipate ourselves from mental slavery, because while others might free the body, none but ourselves can free the mind”

Words made popular by the legendary Bob Marley in his hit song “Redemption Song“, but it was Marcus Mosiah Garvey, who created these famous words in 1937.

Garvey stressed the philosophy of “African Fundamentalism” in which he called for a new “Negro Spirit“, for the building of a common experience of black people as the foundation of a strong and healthy nation.

If we as a people are to emancipate ourselves from mental slavery, we must first establish a new sense of self and engage in a critical transformation of the mind.

Emancipation Day should be an opportunity to evaluate, how far we have come since our forefathers were freed from of slavery 168 years ago. But most importantly, this is the time for us to consider how far we have to go as a people – from slavery to complete freedom.

Now is the time for us “emancipate ourselves from mental slavery” and realize that “none but ourselves can free our minds“.

Happy African Liberation Day 2009

Here is a short clip from the African Liberation March through the streets of Roseau, Dominica.

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Following 2 days of mass and revelry Dominica Carnival 2009 came to a close on Tuesday February 24, 2009 as revelers, locals and tourist alike took to the streets to enjoy themselves one last time.

On the road to wind down the festivities were local bands like Triple Kay, Fanatic Band, and WCK.

The season has been arguably one of the better and more peaceful carnival seasons in years past; that’s coming from the carnival organizers.

But after randomly asking some of the revelers – what they thought of this year’s carnival, while some expressed similar views, others thought that carnival has changed for the worse and the passion is gone.

I personally didn’t attend much to the events for Carnival 2006/2007, but compared to the last two seasons, this year’s carnival lacked enthusiasm/passion that makes our carnival one the better carnivals in Caribbean.

What was your impression of this year’s carnival? Tell us in the comments.

For those who missed Carnival parade and jump up, here are some photo highlights from Carnival Monday and Tuesday for your enjoy.

Wendy Glanville

Nadine Sylvester

Kayla Benjamin

Lisa Alcendor

Attainea Toulon

daddy chess

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A Little Trivia About J’Ouvert: The term “J’Ouvert” combines the French words “jour” and “ouvert” and means the “Beginning of the Day or Day Open”. Every Carnival Monday, in the wee hours of the morning until day breaks, the greatest show on earth is born. The first revelers hit the streets – jumping, dancing, shouting – abetted, it must be admitted, by the fine local rum, but fueled more by the exhilaration of the occasion. Caution: This early “Mas” is for the true die-hard player.

Pronounced “Jouvay”, this costumed street dance officially launches most islands’ Carnival at daybreak. On some islands, it precedes Mardi Gras or main event. On other islands, it begins the big day itself.

Enough Trivia! This year’s J’Ouvert in Dominica was no exception; the true die-hard players (revelers) came out in large numbers, some as early as 2:00am. For many revelers around the island, J’Ouvert is the highlight of their carnival.

As for me, the two things I love about “Jouvay” are the Lapeau Kabwit bands, and the Pappy Show – what’s J’Ouvert without a Pappy show wedding – literally!

I’m curious to know, what about J’Ouvert do you love the most? Share in the comments below.

Videos by:Simone Senhouse. Find more videos like this on www.caivideos.ning.com

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