African Liberation Day 50th Anniversary
Saturday, May 25th, 2013 will mark the 50th Anniversary of African Liberation Day (ALD) since its establishment in 1963 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
One of the immediate aims of the African Liberation movement, was to foster the independence of all African nations and peoples away from colonialism and imperialism.
Dominica, still being a colony of England at that time, has been actively participating in ALD activities since 1972.
Speaking at the launch of the ALD celebration which took place at the Arawak House of Culture on Tuesday May 21st, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Honourable Justina Charles stated that the 50th anniversary celebration is truly a milestone.
Mrs. Charles stated, the period of plantation slavery and colonial rule left a sad legacy, which unfortunately is still present today.
“The adoption of European cultural values at the expense of Africans have created a split personality syndrome,” added Mrs. Charles.
To help this process, the Division of Culture has staged various festivals, while carrying out various documentaries and activities of research highlighting the African dimensions of cultural heritage, the Minister added.
Prime Minister Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit praised the House of NyabinghI for seeing the importance in celebrating this special day.
As descendants of our African ancestors we have a responsibility to do so.
Mr. Skerrit noted, we need to find ways to deepen our relations with the African Union and the people of Africa, as genuine solidarity is one of the cornerstones of foreign relations.
“Our engagement in African Liberation Day celebrations is a logical and practical consequence of our progressive foreign policy, and a logical consequence of our own domestic policy,” said the Prime Minister.
The Prime Minister went on to say that, the Government will continue to recognize and play its part in African Liberation Day activities as part of Dominica’s national calendar of events.