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Tribute to Dudley Thompson tomorrow at Mico

Published: Friday February 10, 2012 | 1:13 pm Comments 0
The late Ambassador Dudley Thompson- file photo
The late Ambassador Dudley Thompson- file photo

A tribute to Ambassador Dudley Thompson highlighting his contributions to the global Pan African World will be held tomorrow at the Mico University Teacher’s College Lecture hall from 3:00 pm until 7:00 pm.

Dudley Thompson died on January 20th in New York, a day after his 95th birthday. He was a past student of the Mico University College.

Ambassador Thompson was a Pan Africanist, a statesman, a brilliant lawyer, an intellectual, and a Caribbean nationalist. A member of the Royal Air Force during World War 11, he was one of their first black pilots. His tribute is being sponsored by The World African Diaspora Union (WADU) that he headed up until the time of his passing.

It will give an update of Ambassador Thompson’s work towards Diaspora representation and citizenship, reparation, promoting sustainable development on the continent, preventing colonial attacks on Africa, and the establishment of a federal government comprised of African states that includes the Diaspora as the sixth region.

There will be discussions on his past role in the freedom of Africa particularly Kenya and Tanzania. Thompson is famous for organizing and being a member of the defense team that freed Jomo Kenyatta the Kenyan leader, during the Mau Mau uprisings in that country.

He is also recognised for his work on Kenya’s constitution, being a founding member of the Tanganyika African National Union (TANU) and attending the 1945 Fifth Pan African Congress that paved the way for the freedom of African countries on the continent and India from colonial rule.

The Organization of Africa States (OAU) gave him an award as a legend of Africa for his work with African liberation on the continent and the African Union (AU) made him the first person to become an African continental citizen and to receive an AU passport. Presidents from across the continent attended the ceremony to honor and recognise him.

A bevy of luminary intellectuals who are experts on African history and the Black struggle and who are familiar with his contribution have lined up for the occasion.

WADU president, Dr. Len Jeffries, a noted expert on African history and WADU executive members Professor James Small, Minister Menelik Harris and Dr. Rosalind Jeffries, wife of Prof. Len Jeffries are among them. Dr. Rosalind Jeffries’ presentation on the African Renaissance Movement will show us the significance of art in the Pan African fight for freedom.

Dr. Verene Shepherd, who is Professor of Social History and University Director of the Institute for Gender Studies and Development at the University of the West Indies will inform us about Thompson’s tireless efforts to make reparation a reality. Prof. Shepherd is also a member of the United Nations Working Group of Experts on people of African descent.

Professor Malik Shabazz, a senior mathematician who has produced more Black PhD’s than anyone else in the USA will give insights on his area of expertise.

Queen Mother Mariamne Samad, an elder in the Marcus Garvey movement and a former colleague of Dudley Thompson, will give testimony of their work together. The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari, Informative Historyman and others will provide culturally relevant entertainment.

editorial@gleanerjm.com

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