“There is no freedom where violence exists”: Emancipation Day 2021 Message from the Prime Minister of Jamaica

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As I mentioned in my last news update, I found this year’s Emancipation Day message from Prime Minister Andrew Holness hit the right note. It is very well written, weaving in the legacy of violence from slavery days and looking at the dire situation our society finds itself in now. While noting that violence “in all its forms” is wrong, with a particular focus on domestic violence, it ends with a classic Marcus Garvey quote, which is always a good idea.

Thank you for this important message, Prime Minister. I really appreciated it, and it was needed.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

183 years ago today on August 1, 1838, the descendants of trafficked and enslaved Africans, who themselves grew up in generations of slavery, finally celebrated their full freedom, as declared in the Emancipation proclamation. There are many reasons to be considered as to why the British Parliament decided…

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