Gonsalves listed for March 13TH Lecture

Prime Minister of St Vincent & the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, will deliver the second March 13 Lecture at the Grenada Trade Centre on Monday starting at 6.30 p.m.

Dr. Gonsalves – invited as the main speaker at the lecture

Dr. Gonsalves – invited as the main speaker at the lecture

A release from the organisers has said that the topic for the lecture is “The Grenada Revolution: Historical Context, Impact and Continuing Significance”.

“Students of history are especially encouraged to attend the upcoming lecture which focuses on a critical period of Grenada’s development”, the release said.

Prime Minister Gonsalves will be the second OECS Prime Minister to deliver the March 13th Lecture, launched in 2015 by the Grenada Revolution Memorial Foundation (GREMFO) in collaboration with Groundation Grenada.

The inaugural lecture was delivered in 2015 by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerritt of the Commonwealth of Dominica who focused on “The Grenada Revolution and the Current Foreign Policy Challenges of Small Island States”.

GREMFO is a non-profit company whose objectives include working towards the achievement of a fair and balanced assessment of the impact of the Revolution on Grenada and the wider Caribbean; preserving the positive memories of the Revolution; and fostering a spirit of reconciliation among persons affected by the Revolution and its demise.

Groundation Grenada is an organisation comprised of young Grenadians working to raise critical awareness on social justice issues.

In pursuit of its project FORGETTING IS NOT AN OPTION, Groundation Grenada is committed to preserving and embracing the history of Grenada including the period of the Grenada Revolution.
March 13th, 2016 marks the 37th Anniversary of the Grenada Revolution that was created by the left-leaning New Jewel Movement (NJM) of late Marxist leader, Maurice Bishop.

The process collapsed in October 1983 when a radical faction headed by then deputy Prime Minister Bernard Coard differed with Bishop on the critical issue of Joint Leadership of the party.

Bishop and three government ministers (Unison Whiteman, Norris Bain and Jacqueline Creft) were executed which resulted in U.S and Caribbean troops storming the island on October 25, 1983 to help restore law and order.

Coard and sixteen other government and army officials including his wife Phyllis, ex-Army Commander, General Hudson Austin, former Mobilisation Minister, Selwyn Strachan and ex-Ambassador to Cuba, Major Leon “Bogo” Cornwall were convicted of the bloody murders on Fort George.

The guest speaker, Dr. Gonsalves was a close friend and political ally of Bishop and is credited with helping with some of the early speeches delivered by Bishop to the Grenadian people.

An articulate and persuasive speaker, Dr Gonsalves is a seasoned politician, historian and Attorney-at-Law. He holds a BSc in Economics, and an MSc and PhD in Government.

He has authored several books and pamphlets touching and concerning history, politics and developmental issues.

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