Friday, August 25, 2006

Republic of T'dad & T'bago mourns passing of former President


Former President (1987-1997)
Republic of Trinidad & Tobago

Born 13th August 1918
Crossed over: 24th August 2006

Sincerest sympathy to his Wife, offsprings and family

He was indeed a noble, just and dignified leader.I was fortunate to be appointed a Senator and serve the Parliament of T&T's Upper House (The Senate) during his tenure.

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Thursday, August 24, 2006

"Equal Education for Blacks" pioneer is now an ancestor

Ancestor Mileka Aljuwani
Mother, Sister,
Advocate, Educationist
Founding member of Project 2019
With The Rest Of America By The Year 2019
may the ancestors be pleased with her efforts

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

the liberator L'Overture

Crossed over: 1803
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Ancestor Toussaint L'Overture in his own words

" I was, consequently, obliged to retrace my steps. After passing the hospital, I met Gen. Christophe, and asked him who had ordered the town to be fired. He replied that it was he. I reprimanded him severely for having employed such rigorous measures. "Why," said I to him, "did you not rather make some military arrangements to defend the town until my arrival?"
He answered, "What do you wish, general? My duty, necessity, the circumstances, the reiterated threats of the general commanding the squadron, forced me to it. I showed the general the orders of which I was the bearer, but without avail." He added, "that the proclamations spread secretly in the town to seduce the people, and instigate an uprising, were not sanctioned by military usage; that if the commander of the squadron had truly pacific intentions, he would have waited for me; that he would not have employed the means which he used to gain the commander of the Fort of Boque, who is a drunkard; that he would not in consequence have seized this fort; that he would not have put to death half of the garrison of Fort Liberty; that he would not have made a descent upon Acul, and that, in a word, he would not have committed at first all the hostilities of which he was guilty.
Gen. Christophe joined me, and we continued the route together. On arriving at Haut-du-Cap, we passed through the habitations of Breda as far as the barrier of Boulard, passing by the gardens. There I ordered him to rally his troops, and go into camp on the Bonnet until further orders, and to keep me informed of all the movements he made. I told him that I was going to Héricourt; that there, perhaps, I should receive news from the commander of the squadron; that he would doubtless deliver to me the orders of the Government; that I might even meet him there; that I should then ascertain the reasons which had induced him to come in this manner; and, that, in case he was the bearer of orders from the government, I should request him to communicate them to me, and should in consequence make arrangements with him.
General Christophe left me then to repair to the post which I had assigned to him; but he met a body of troops who fired upon him, forced him to dismount from his horse, plunge into the river, and cross it by swimming.

After separating from Gen. Christophe, I had at my side Adjutant-General Fontaine, two other officers, and my aide-de-camp, Couppé, who went in advance; he warned me of the troops on the road. I ordered him to go forward. He told me that this force was commanded by a general. I then demanded a conference with him. But Couppé had not time to execute my orders; they fired upon us at twenty-five steps from the barrier. My horse was pierced with a ball; another ball carried away the hat of one of my officers. This unexpected circumstance forced me to abandon the open road, to cross the savanna and the forests to reach Héricourt, where I remained three days to wait for news of the commander of the squadron, again without avail.

But, the next day, I received a letter from General Rochambeau, announcing "that the column which he commanded had seized upon Fort Liberty, taken and put to the sword a part of the garrison, which had resisted; that he had not believed the garrison would steep its bayonets in the blood of Frenchmen; on the contrary, he had expected to find it disposed in his favor." I replied to this letter, and, manifesting my indignation to the general, asked to know, "Why he had ordered the massacre of those brave soldiers who had only followed the orders given them; who had, besides, contributed so much to the happiness of the colony and to the triumph of the Republic. Was this the recompense that the French Government had promised them?"

I concluded by saying to Gen. Rochambeau, that "I would fight to the last to avenge the death of these brave soldiers, for my own liberty, and to reëstablish tranquillity and order in the colony."
This was, in fact, the resolution I had taken after having reflected deliberately upon the report Gen. Christophe had brought me, upon the danger I had just run, upon the letter of Gen. Rochambeau, and finally upon the conduct of the commander of the squadron.

Having formed my resolution, I went to Gonsaives. There I communicated my intentions to Gen. Maurepas, and ordered him to make the most vigorous resistance to all vessels which should appear before Port-de-Paix, where he commanded; and, in case he should not be strong enough,--having only half of a brigade,--to imitate the example of Gen. Christophe and afterward withdraw to the Mountain, taking with him ammunition of all kinds; there to defend himself to the death.

I then went to St. Marc to visit the fortifications. I found that the news of the shameful events which had just taken place had reached this town, and the inhabitants had already fled. I gave orders for all the resistance to be made that the fortifications and munitions would allow of.

As I was on the point of setting out from this town to go to Port-au-Prince and the southern part to give my orders, Captains Jean-Philippe Dupin and Isaac brought me dispatches from Paul L'Overture, who commanded at Santo Domingo. Both informed me that a descent had just been made upon Oyarsaval, and that the French and Spaniards who inhabited this place had risen and cut off the roads from Santo Domingo.
I acquainted myself with these dispatches. In running over the letter of Gen. Paul and the copy of Gen. Kerverseau's to the commander of the place of Santo Domingo, which was enclosed in it, I saw that this general had made the overture to the commander of the place, and not to Gen. Paul, as he should have done, to make preparations for the landing of his force. I saw also the refusal given by Gen. Paul to this invitation, until he should receive orders from me. I replied to Gen. Paul that I approved his conduct, and ordered him to make all possible effort to defend himself in case of attack; and even to make prisoners of Gen. Kerverseau and his force, if he could. I returned my reply by the captains just mentioned. But foreseeing, on account of the interception of the roads, that they might be arrested and their dispatches demanded, I gave them in charge a second letter, in which I ordered Gen. Paul to use all possible means of conciliation with Gen. Kerverseau. I charged the captains, in case they should be arrested, to conceal the first letter and show only the second.

My reply not arriving as soon as he expected, Gen. Paul sent another black officer with the same dispatches in duplicate. I gave only a receipt to this officer, and sent him back. Of these three messengers two were black and the other white. They were arrested, as I had anticipated; the two blacks were assassinated in violation of all justice and right, contrary to the customs of war; their dispatches were sent to Gen. Kerverseau, who concealed the first letter, and showed to Gen. Paul only the second, in which I had ordered him to enter into negotiations with Gen. Kerverseau. It was in consequence of this letter that Santo Domingo was surrendered.

Having sent off these dispatches, I resumed my route toward the South. I had hardly set forward when I was overtaken by an orderly, coming up at full speed, who brought me a package from Gen. Vernet and a letter from my wife, both announcing to me the arrival from Paris of my two children and their preceptor, of which I was not before aware. I learned also that they were bearers of orders for me from the First Consul. I retraced my steps and flew to Ennery, where I found my two children and the excellent tutor whom the First Consul had had the goodness to give them. I embraced them with the greatest satisfaction and ardor. I then inquired if they were bearers of letters from the First Consul for me. The tutor replied in the affirmative, and handed me a letter which I opened and read about half through; then I folded it, saying that I would reserve the reading of it for a more quiet moment. I begged him then to impart to me the intentions of the Government, and to tell me the name of the commander of the squadron, which I had not yet been able to ascertain."
Toussaint L'Overture

Un commemorates Slave Trade & its implications -23rd August

"In deciding to proclaim the 23rd of August of every year International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, UNESCO wished to inscribe in the memory of all peoples a tragedy that has been forgotten and little known and pay tribute to the slaves' relentless struggle for freedom. The uprising that took place in the island of Santo Domingo (present day Haiti and Dominican Republic) on the night of the 22nd to the 23rd of August 1791 shook the foundations of slavery to the core and marked the start of the process that led to the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade." -- Koichiro Matsuura

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

"The movement is in me & I know it always will be.”

Ancestor Victoria Gray Adams
Crossed over August 2006
Civil Rights Pioneer,
Founder of Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party

Mother , Wife, Sister Victoria Gray Adams was the first woman to run for the U.S. Senate from Mississippi. She also served on the board of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference led by the Rev. Martin Luther King.

Mrs. Gray Adams said she learned in 1964 that there were two kinds of people in grass-roots politics, “those who are in the movement, and those who have the movement in them.”



Monday, August 21, 2006

farewell ancestor queen

a traditional flower
posted in memory of a great queen of the Maori people...
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Màori Queen becomes an ancestor

Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu
Ancestor Queen of The Maori people
Born 1931
Crossed over 2006
Rimu-rimu, tere tere E rere ki te moana.
E tere ana ki te ripo I waho e.
Tirohia i waho rä E marino ana e
Kei roto i ahau E marangai ana e.
Kei te tio te huka I runga o ngä hiwi.
Kei te moe koromeke Te wairua e.
Rite tonu tö hanga Ki te tïrairaka e
Waihoki tö hanga Te wairangi e.
Seaweed drifting, drifting,
floating towards the (open) sea.
Drifting towards the whirlpool, out there.
Look out yonder all is calm.
Within me (my feelings) are storm tossed.
The snow is biting cold on the ridges,
lying contracted and coiled up is the spirit.
Your semblance is like that of the fantail
Likewise your semblance upsets (me) greatly.
may the ancestors be pleased with her efforts

Sunday, August 20, 2006

messenger.. teacher , scribe guide and protector

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healing the eye today

Representative of Ra
Representative of Atum
Ancient and Great one for the Ennead
Who comes to him that calls HimThe Moon
Shining in the heavens
Heart of Ra
The Ipi
The Ipi-ib
Who brings the i3ht-eye to its owner
Who brings the Wedjat-eye
Who brings to Ra his eye from Knst
Who brings the eye that was far away
Who giveth life to men
According to whose word the Ennead acts
Who accomplishes truth
Who does what the goddesses love
Universal benefactor
Who does what Ra praises in his chapel
Who does good
Who makes slaughter among the foes of the Wedjat-eye
Who made eternity
He of the balance
He who protects the lunar eye
Throat of the Imn-rn.f
Splendid in speech
The silver Aten
The great one in Hermopolis
The twice great
The thrice great
Great in fear in every land
Great in strength
Great in power
Great in triumph
The ape
The great and venerable ape
Who equipped the Eye for it's owner
He that knows the two lands
The beautiful
Prudent of heart
The eagle of many colored plumage
To Whom is subject life in the Duat
Who increases his figure (crescent moon)
Who increases his form (crescent moon)
The unique one
Clean of hands
Astute in his plans
The messenger
Who distinguishes seasons, months and years
Eloquent judge
Eloquent judge pleased with Ma'at
Who distinguises bodies of different countries
Path opener of Ra
Porter of Horus
Dua Djehuty
Hoteph Djehuty