Friday, April 21, 2006

black power uprising 1970-Trinidad & Tobago

POWER TO THE PEOPLE
Tuesday 21st April 1970

Ancestor George Weeks, ANR Robinson Khafra Kambon

Makandal Daaga Raffique Shah Clive Nunez
Basdeo Panday Ancestor Eric Williams Ancestor Kwame Toure

The Black Power Revolution also known as the 1970 Revolution, Black Power Uprising and also as the February Revolution was led by Black Power activists, Trade Unionists and Marxists to overthrow the government of Trinidad and Tobago in 1970. Prominent leaders included Makandal Daaga (Geddes Granger) Khafra Kambon (Dave D'Abreau) of NJAC National Joint Action Committee, Trade Unionists: Clive Nunez, George Weeks and Basdeo Panday plus Michael Als of the Young Power Movement, amongst others.

Large public demonstrations and mass unrest attended these disturbances. Dr Eric Williams then prime minister declared a state of emergency. Subsequently all leaders of the uprisings were detained on Nelson Island by the government in a bid to defuse the situation. While his Deputy Prime Minister ANR Robinson resigned from the ruling regime.
There was an attempted mutiny within the Trinidad & Tobago Regiment led by officers Rex Lassalle and Raffique Shah.

Trinidad born Activist Kwame Toure was also banned during this period from returning to the islands.

Ancestors George Padmore Claudia Jones CLR James
Ancestors Walter Rodney TUB Butler
But this event should not be viewed in isolation to the historical figures who still influence the politics of the day. Ancestors as Dr Walter Rodney, TUB Butler, George Padmore, Claudia Jones and CLR James made their contribution that still impact on the present.
MAY THE ANCESTORS BE PLEASED WITH THEIR EFFORTS

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is amazing that is no mention of WINSTON LEONARD who was one of the major front people, both with NJAC adn OWTU.

Shameful that he is not rightfully remembered.

3:29 pm  
Blogger josanne said...

I am Josanne Leonard, daughter of Winston Leonard. I've stumbled upon your blog and wish to state simply that in speaking historically, I am amazed that there is no mention of my father as a leading trade unionist and who was also the vice-Chairman of NJAC.

2:34 pm  
Anonymous chrys said...

can u plz send me somemore info on the black power movement..i have a 5 page essay to do.dont know where to start...thanks

12:12 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

champayne love1@yahoo.com
will like to have more information on the black power movement

10:28 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hardly any comment on the movement in secondary schools led by Wayne Davis,Josanne Leonard,Clyde Doman in the South.

9:42 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi I kno someone who was a part of the black power movement. He was one of the most wanted men in th country at that time. He is a religious leader now.

5:05 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is the black power movement dead in T&T?

1:09 am  

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