South Florida’s Caribbean community schedules emancipation events

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The Greater Caribbean American Cultural Coalition, under the auspices of Florida State Rep. Hazelle Rogers and the Caribbean Consular Corps, will host educational and commemorative events of Caribbean enslavement, resistance and emancipation Aug. 1 and 2.

Rep. Hazelle Rodgers

Rep. Hazelle Rodgers

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug 1, a discussion is scheduled titled “Teach the Children the Truth.’’ It is geared toward children ages 8-18. The program will include films, storytelling and reflection on the history, culture and continued significance of Caribbean emancipation. Refreshments will be served.

The program will be held at Atonement Episcopal Church, 4401 W. Oakland Park Blvd, Lauderdale Lakes.

West Indies speaker
Also on Aug. 1, there will be a lecture and book launch by Sir Hilary M. Beckles. The renowned professor’s new book is “Britain’s Black Debt:  Reparations for Caribbean Slavery and Native Genocide.”

The event, which starts at 6 p.m., will be held at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale.

Beckles is principal of the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados and an internationally reputed historian.

‘Queh-Queh’ celebration
On Aug. 2, a “Queh-Queh” celebration will begin at 7 p.m. It is organized by the Consulate of Guyana, Rogers, the Caribbean Consular Corps and the Greater Caribbean American Cultural Coalition.

The celebration will be held at the German American Society of Greater Hollywood, 6401 Washington St., Hollywood. The celebration will highlight Afro-Guyanese culture. There will be music, dance and food.

All of the events are free and open to the public.

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