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03 March 2020

NALIS COMMEMORATES 1970 - BLACK POWER REVOLUTION

In commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Black Power Revolution, NALIS’ Heritage Library Division will host a series of activities aimed at educating the public about the national significance of 1970 and its impact on Trinidad and Tobago’s development.

An exhibition titled, “50 years on… Black Power the 1970 Revolution that Changed Our Nation Forever” will be launched at the National Library of Trinidad and Tobago on Friday March 06, 2020, 3:00 pm.  Khafra Kambon will be the guest speaker at the launch of the exhibition.

The exhibition, which will travel throughout the NALIS network over the yearlong commemoration, will showcase newspaper articles, audio-visual recordings, images and manuscripts in addition to collections relevant to the period from notable voices such as Aiyegoro Ome and Khfra Kambom among other contributors.

“The 1970’s Insurrection – A Labour Perspective” is the topic of the panel discussion to be held on Saturday March 28, 2020 at the Audio Visual Room, National Library from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon.  Panellists will include Cecil Paul, current Vice President of the National Workers Union; Dr Jerome Teelucksingh, Head of the University of the West Indies History Department and Kasala Kamara, former Executive Member of the National Joint Action Committee (NJAC). The panel discussion will be chaired by Rae Samuel, former journalists with Vanguard Newspaper and Tutor News.

NALIS’ Facebook and Twitter pages at @NALISTT will feature oral history interviews with key persons in the Revolution as well as interactive segments where questions concerning the period will be answered.  Additionally, the forum, “Straight From the Horse’s Mouth: Real People, Real Stories, Raw History” will provide an opportunity for secondary school students who are studying history, Caribbean Studies and Theatre Arts to learn more about 1970 as well as participate in popup quizzes at various locations throughout the country. 

The Heritage Library Division of NALIS is responsible for preserving and promoting Trinidad and Tobago’s heritage information.  Through its many programmes, exhibitions and collections, it is hoped that persons will obtain a better understanding of the history, culture and stories that have shaped Trinidad and Tobago. 


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