Rekindling the Caribbean Renaissance...70 years on

I offer support for the objectives of Black History Month by placing on its agenda the need for an urgent Caribbean dialogue on the development challenges facing our people. Where we have reached in our historic flight to freedom as a community needs to be assessed, and the depth of our dedication to promoting popular democracy should to be reviewed at this time.

We are gingerly entering the second, potentially seismic, phase of regional nation-building. This, in 2017, cries out for reflection. Already it presents itself as a significant marker in our regional affairs and a disruptor of global systems and sensibilities. But critically, it is the 70th anniversary of that seminal sequestering of Caribbean political and civil rights leaders at Montego Bay, Jamaica, in 1947, where they outlined the road map for regional development.

The 1947 summit, following the publication of the Moyne Report into the workers’ democracy wars of the 1930s in our Caribbean region, set the course with manifesto-style declarations that framed the first phase of the regional development agenda. Political and labour leaders were never clearer in their representation of the will of the people. They were morally courageous, fiscally sound, and financially futuristic. It was the region’s first collective rising of its political leadership.

The moment and movements were clearly defined and the political leadership was hell-bent on justice, freedom, and dignified democratic development. From Montego Bay, the Caribbean Renaissance was launched. Read more

Source: Jamaica Observer