As part of the series of educational and commemorative events on Caribbean enslavement, resistance and emancipation organized by The Greater Caribbean American Cultural Coalition (under the auspices of Florida State Representative Hazelle Rogers and the Caribbean Consular Corps) the Broward County Library is hosting a book launch and lecture—“Emancipate Yourself from Mental Slavery”—by historian Sir Hilary Beckles, principal of the University of the West Indies-Cave Hill, Barbados.
Britain’s Black Debt: Reparations for Caribbean Slavery and Native Genocide will be presented on August 1, 2013, at 6:00pm, at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center, located at 2650 Sistrunk Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Free and open to the public, this event will be followed by a reception. For more information, you may call (954) 257-8731.
Professor Sir Hilary McD. Beckles holds a Chair in Social and Economic History, University of the West Indies-Cave Hill, Barbados, where he is also Principal and Pro-Vice Chancellor. He is Vice-President of the International Scientific Committee for the UNESCO Slave Route Project, and member of the International Advisory Board of the Cultures and Globalization Series. A leading voice on reparations issues, he led the Barbados National Delegation and coordinated Caribbean actions at the UN Conference on Race in Durban, 2001. His many publications include Natural Rebels: A Social History of Enslaved Black Women in Barbados; Centering Woman: Gender Discourses in Caribbean Slave Society; and A History of Barbados: From Amerindian Settlement to Nation-State.
For more information on the book, see previous posts Book Launch—“Britain’s Black Debt: Reparation for Caribbean Slavery and Native Genocide” and Sir Hilary Beckles Calls for Reparation for Slavery.