Rastafari Council to host lecture by Elombe Brath

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By Ketricia Finch

St. Kitts Reporter

The Liamuiga National Council for the advancement of Rastafari will be hosting a lecture on Saturday, June 2007 from 7:30-10:30pm at the McKnight Community Centre. The lecturer will be Elombe Brath, Chairman of the Patrice Lumumba Coalition. The Patrice Lumumba Coalition is an African liberation movement that has been operating since 1975.

Ras Kalonji, a member of the Rastafari National Council said Brath of Harlem, New York has been lecturing all over the world, including countries in Africa and the Caribbean for more than 50 years.

“Brother Elombe Brath, with his vast knowledge and experience have had a long time in the African Liberation Struggle. He is the most fitting person to deliver that lecture and make our people aware of our situation and the solutions we need to come up with to solve our problems. Our only solution for the liberation of African people is Pan-Africanism.”

“We have done something like this in the past. We had Brother Clay who came here for a lecture on emancipation about three years ago at the University of the West Indies. We also had a brother here last year who came to give a lecture on ancient African history right up to the present. It took place at Club Kactus.”

The Liamuiga National Council representative said they try to host a lecture every year.

“It’s an ongoing thing. We are trying to bring in people probably every two months.”

Kalonji said the Liamuiga National Council has been involved in any educational program throughout its five-year existence.

“Right now we have a program on Winn Fm called ‘Redemption Cry’, where every Monday we share information about the plight of our people here in the Federation and throughout the World and also what we need to do to solve them. Every Saturday at the community center, we showing documentaries on DVDs about our struggles whether it’s in Africa, South and Central America or here, the Caribbean. We basically share information with our people so that we could better ourselves, educate ourselves and know what is happening to us not only here in the Federation, but throughout the World,” Kalonji said.

Kalonji said the motivation to host an organization such as that one came about because throughout the whole world the situation of Africans is the same.

“We encourage people to come out and support,” Kalonji said.

He said there will be an admission of EC$20.00 and a donation if possible at the lecture.

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