Tuesday 22 October, 2019

Kamla: Afro-Trinbagonians must be proud of who they are

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar says Afro-Trinbagonians must be proud of who they are as their achievements inspire a nation to greatness.

Persad-Bissessar, in her Emancipation message noted that members of the African Diaspora have made invaluable contributions across the globe.

“Emancipation Day more than a mere holiday but it is a day of celebration that honours the determination and the courage of a people to overcome tribulation as well as capture the success which is thoroughly demonstrated by the invaluable contributions that have been made by members of the African Diaspora in all forms of life ranging from academia, sports, music, art, science and technology across the globe,” she said.

The Opposition Leader added that Emancipation Day also serves as a reminder of the strength, the resolve and bravery of African people to battle hardship and persecution which continued even after they left the plantation.

“To fully understand the immense significance of Emancipation Day, we must acknowledge that there has never been a crueller or more inhumane act than slavery. However, to fully appreciate Emancipation Day we must recognize that without the contributions of those who were brought here in chains, those who endured so much and yet still triumphed - our country, our region and our world would not have progressed as well as they have,” she said.

However, she noted that African people continue to battle against hate and injustice.

“Even as we celebrate this special day, the African community continues to battle against hate, injustice, and divisiveness - even in our own country. I applaud those who seek to rise above the negativity and do their part to fight against attempts to divide us, recognizing that there is more that unites us than separates us,’” she said.

The Opposition Leader added that our national is richer for the many contributions of all who journeyed to Trinidad and Tobago through different circumstances.

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