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We are in the first week of March which is recognized as Women’s History Month but there are many people around the region who would not have paid attention to this very important celebration.

For some of us there is still a small matter of getting over the Haiti earthquake disaster, followed so quickly by another in Chile. Meanwhile, there is the ongoing concern over the prevailing drought conditions.

The irony of this entire setting is that women will have to play an important role in ensuring that all of the societies spoke of above get over the hurdles they are facing and are able to move to the next level of reconstruction or development.

The fact is, there have been lots remarkable strong women who would have and who still continue to give sterling service to the their country and race.

Women like our very own Dame Eugenia Charles (former Prime Minister of Dominica) or Miss Universe Wendy Fitzwilliams, Miss World Jennifer Hosten of Grenada, and athletes like Merle Ottey must be allowed to retain top spots as women who have done much and who are deserving of having their names in a special bracket of Caribbean life.

The responsibility is on this generation to ensure that many of our great Caribbean women are spoken and written about and place in areas of spotlight that will let everyone know who they are and why they have been elevated.

And what is it that we say? That charity begins at home?

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dominica cultural groups at the opening of Dominica's independence 2009

September 26th, 2009 marked the official opening of the celebrations of the 31st anniversary of its independence in Dominica.

Under the theme of “Progress and Development,” Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and Minister for Community Development, Culture, Gender Affairs and Information, Loreen Bannis-Roberts, addressed the crowd gathered at the Old Mill Cultural Center to participate in the opening ceremony.

The event featured performances artists and musicians that included the Paix Bouche cultural group, the Sisserou singers, Michele Henderson, Ophelia, and Daddy Chess.

Also present was the reigning Miss Wob Dwiyet and the 2009 Miss Wob Dwiyet Contestants.

Here is a short video of Dominica’s Independence Celebrations 2009: Official Opening Ceremony – We hope you enjoy it!

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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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