The Black Power Revolution In Trinidad And Tobago

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Introduction According to Connelly“The Black power revolution, regarded as one of the most defining moments in Trinidad and Tobago’s history”(print), sits prominently in the minds of the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago who lived through this ordeal. Which took place after the country gained Independence, from its colonial masters just eight (8) years prior to the revolution. Citizens were happy as the country would now be able to manage its own affairs. The first Prime Minister of the country Dr. Eric Williams had given the people the assurance that he would seek their needs and liberate them from poverty. However this was not so, and after eight years of Independence, they became disenchanted with him, whom they thought were seeking the interest of the business class. Unemployment rate among the lower and middle class in society was high; issues of racism and inequality plagued the nation. Some of Dr.William’s followers believed that he had lost his purpose, and had betrayed the people who were loyal to him. This journal would cover issues leading up to the revolution as well as the main events of the Black power revolution. Day 1…show more content…
In foreign countries luxuries like electricity, pipe-born chlorinated water, toilets, radios, proper shoes, clothes, health offices, full primary, secondary and tertiary education, basic health services and basic needs were a dream. The protest started in earnest around February tenth and erupted today in April Incidentally the entire Caribbean was under the threat of civil action via the Black Power Movement but in Trinidad and Tobago there was more violence by the agitated, disgruntled protestors and more fear from the frightened citizens. Trinidad was seen as the god-father of the Caribbean and whatever happened here affected the rest of the region and ended similarly. This mass action of the protestors which was birthed “In a computer lab at Sir George Williams University In Canada” by Trinbagonians students was further spurned by the resistance of Martin Luther, Che Guerra and Trinidad-born Stokeley Carmichael in the Black Power Movement in the USA where they were fighting for equality for Afro-Americans and the killing of local activist Brain Davis outside Woodford Square (also called the people’s parliament and the university of Woodford Square) was met by resistance from the police coming out of “A State of Emergency” announced by Prime Minister

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