Emancipation Day should be celebrated more deeply - Ras Ipa
Interim Chairman of Black Lives Matter St Lucia, Peter 'Ras' Ipa Isaac (centre), ICAR president, Aaron Alexander (right)
An appeal is being made for greater participation by members of the public in the obervance of Emancipation Day, which will be observed on Saturday, August 1, 2020.
One day ahead of the observance, leaders of Black Lives Matter St Lucia and the Iyanola Council for the Advancement of Rastafari (ICAR) argue there should be greater observance of the day considering its significance.
"That particular event in our life has not been given the type of attention it deserves," Interim Chairman of Saint Lucia's Black Lives Matter movement, Peter 'Ras Ipa' Isaac observed.
According to Isaac, this years observance should have more meaning in light of what is happening globally as it relates to the fight for equal rights, especially for black people.
"The kind of consciousness that has awakened, more attention should be given to Emmancipation Day and its observance. And we know the reason why we have to do that is because our generation, our ancestors, our decendants from Africa passed through what you call the Trans Atlantic Slave route and you know the dehumanisation, the brutality, the atrocities that was committed against them and therefore we have to do something significant, not only for this year, but for many years to come, because we have a very good example of their tenacity and their resilience is that we are here," Isaac declared.
According to Isaac, our ancestors paid with their lives and the recognition and observance is owed to them: "Freedom, liberation, emancipation is not free and they paid with their sweat, blood and their lives."
Saturday's Emancipation Day activities have gotten the approval of the Commissioner of Police, a fact that has pleased ICAR president, Aaron Alexander.
Invitations have been extended to the prime minister and leader of the opposition to take part in the many activities for the observance.
"Emancipation is not abot about a rasta song or a political party, this goes beyond those boundaries so we want Saint Lucians to rally together as one," Alexander said.
The celebration, scheduled to take place at Constitution Park, will feature various artists performing songs, poetry, dance and drumming in acknowledging the sacrifice of those who lost their lives for the freedom of black people.
Emancipation Day will be observed under the theme, "Emancipation day, our story continues."