A very prominent street in San Fernando was renamed Dr. Leroy Calliste, better known as the ‘Black Stalin’
San Fernando Mayor, Junia Regrello said his immense contributions to the calypso art meant a lot to the south Land.
”The City of San Fernando, with a profound sense of pride, honored this distinguished philosopher, social and political commentator and son of the soil, by renaming a major portion of Lord Street, the “Dr. Leroy Calliste Street”.
In attendance at the ceremony was the Minister of Rural Development and Local Government – Senator the Honorable Haji Kazim Hosein, representatives from the Office of the Member of Parliament for San Fernando West, Deputy Political Leader of the People’s National Movement – Mrs. Joan Yuille-WIlliams, acting CEO of the San Fernando City Corporation – Mr. Bevil Phillanders, members of Council, the President of TUCO – Brother Resistance, Chairman for TUCO South/Central Region – Ras Kommanda, members of the calypsonian fraternity, and the family of Dr. Leroy Calliste.
The ceremony was packed with several cultural presentations and although masks were worn and Covid-19 protocols observed, smiles were clearly seen on all faces in attendance, as ‘Stalin’ was honoured today, close to his birthplace.