Denzil Douglas to deliver Emancipation Day Lecture

PHILIPSBURG–Denzil L. Douglas will deliver the Emancipation Day Lecture at University of St. Martin (USM) on Saturday, July 1, at 8:00pm, according to the Independence for St. Martin Foundation (ISMF).

Douglas will focus on “The Realities of Independence,” the title and theme of the third annual address organized by ISMF. He served as the Prime Minister (PM) of the Federation St. Kitts and Nevis from 1995 to 2015 and remains one of his country’s noted political leaders.

Dr. Douglas is also a medical doctor and his book Coming of Age: Speeches by Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis was published in 2009.

“It is an honour to have the former PM of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis accept our invitation and to share with the people of St. Maarten the critical, behind the scenes, first hand and collective experiences of the most recent nation in the Caribbean to gain political independence,” said ISMF President Joseph H. Lake, Jr.

“Admission is free to the Emancipation Day Lecture at USM. We’re inviting all of the St. Maarten people to attend. There will be a question-answer period with Dr. Douglas and a reception for the people to meet and talk with our keynote speaker,” said Lake following his appearance on the Culture Time radio programme on Sunday.

In addition to the ISMF lecture, the St. Martin Emancipation Day schedule of Saturday, July 1, is packed with family, officials, church and cultural foundation activities in observing and celebrating the island-wide Emancipation of St. Maarten/St. Martin people from slavery since 1848, said Rhoda Arrindell, author of Language, Culture and Identity in St. Martin.

The official wreath laying at the Freedom statue roundabout at W.J.A. Nisbeth Road and Sucker Garden Road takes place in the early morning of July 1.

The annual Emancipation Day family picnic at Emilio Wilson Park will start at 1:00pm, also on Saturday. The programme includes dance, song and musical performances by popular artistes, poetry, traditional food and drink and a fashion show of clothing from St. Martin’s “Traditional Period” (1848-1963), said organizer and head of the Voices foundation Nkosazana Illis.

Source: The Daily Herald