ESCTT Keeps the Spirit of Emancipation Alive


ESCTT Keeps the Spirit of Emancipation Alive

In 1996 Kwame Ture was the feature speaker at the annual lecture series hosted by the Emancipation Support Committee Trinidad and Tobago, in commemoration of Emancipation. Twenty-five years later, Alpha and Bokar Ture, sons of the late Pan Africanist will be guest panellists during this year’s Kwame Ture Memorial Lecture Series (KTMLS)

The annual KTMLS is just one of many exciting events that will take place this month as part of the Pan African Festival TT Commemorating Emancipation and leading up to Emancipation Day on August 1. “Our intention is to emulate the resilience and determination of our ancestors as we keep the Spirit of Emancipation and our culture alive even during the pandemic,” said Zakiya Uzoma-Wadada, Executive Chair of the ESCTT.

On Sunday, 26-year-old Alpha Yaya Ture, will participate in the discussion African Film in Post-Colonial Africa and the Diaspora: Contribution to Pan African Solidarity. Alpha is an Information Systems Engineer and Pan-African activist. He is the President of Club Africa Culture at the University of Tunis, a member of Pan-African movements such as, All African People Revolutionary Party of Ghana and Sekoutoureism of Guinea. Bokar who will participate as part of the panel discussion on July 25 to discuss Pan African Perspectives in a Post-Covid World, is an Africa-focused Energy and Infrastructure Project Manager, with 15 years of professional experience focusing Africa and its Diaspora.

In keeping with our theme for this year, Advancing Pan African Solidarity Towards a Balanced World, the ESCTT has worked with the African Union Economic Social and Cultural Council to host this year’s KTMLS and ensure participation from Africa including Rocky Dawuni, Dr Obadele Kambon and Dr. Samuel Benagr from Ghana and Mathew Tembo from Zambia.

On July 20, 23, 27 and 30, the ESCTT will focus on our children as we present four Virtual Youth Workshops on Drumology, Dance, Rapso and Theatre Arts. Facilitators include Wasafoli, Nefta Kojo and The Mad Company.

For our microentrepreneurs, we will host a Virtual Pop-Up Shop on July 24 featuring expositions from TradeMark Designs, Eco Truffles, Delan Crafts, HayLooks Unisex Fashion, Eguana Leathercraft and Art, Petros Designs, The Kuttage Boutique, The Paper Studio Eco-Designs, Bags and Things, The Nubian Experience, and Merrique’s Designs.

On the weekend leading up to Emancipation Day, we will remember our dear sister Singing Sandra with a virtual tribute concert on July 30, followed by a Virtual Youth Unity Concert on July 31 in tribute to the local reggae artistes who have been recipients of the Spirit of Emancipation Award over the years and this year’s awardees Mr King and King David

On Emancipation Day, August 1st we will host a People-to-People Forum between Africa and its Diaspora to discuss the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent and on the night of Emancipation we will celebrate with Jazz and Pan and uplifting images of our flambeau processions.

All events will be streamed on ESCTT’s Facebook and YouTube platforms.