The great Grenadian whom we are honouring
today, in every sense
of the word can be described as a genuine original.
Our dear and veteran comrade, Cacademo
Grant, who worked
organised and struggled side-by-side with this man, once had this to
was truly a great men, a man you would like to be
of you who didn’t live one day with Marryshow, then you
didn’t live a satisfactory life.
Comrades, T. Albert Marryshow is
physically with us no longer,
but his inspiration and example is something we must involve every day
lives, his undying commitment and love for the people of his and our
must burn in us continually, his presence must always be inside us and
In this way, remembering our brother
Cacademo’s words, we can at
least begin to lead satisfactory lives – lives, like that of Marryshow
give everything to our people.
Why is the memory and example of T.A.
Marryshow so vital for us
now in Grenada, and now throughout the Caribbean region?
It is because Marryshow was the creator of
a tradition, a set of
principles and attitudes that since March 13th,
1979 we have
struggled to implement, consolidate and extend.
In a sense, of course, Marryshow himself
was also the inheritor
of a great tradition.
He grew from the earth of Fedon, a great
revolutionary who fused
the humanism and hatred of tyranny sweeping from the French masses in
was of the great Haitian upsurge with the fury of the rebel slave
in his own island by slavery and British colonialism.
The huge courage of Fedon and his comrades
in 1795 gave birth to
Marryshow in 1887, and perhaps we should note that almost a century
and that Marryshow’s birth in 1887 was in fact almost the mid-point in
between Fedon’s Revolution and our Revolution.
So in every sense, comrades, he was also a
continuer, a link, a
great bridge between two massive blows at imperialism.
This great son of our soil was also a son
of the working people,
born just a stone’s throw from here in Lucas Street in St. George’s.
There was nothing special about his birth.
He inherited no money or property.
His only inheritance was that great
fighting tradition of Fedon
that runs in the blood of every Grenadian. Alongside his great
Tubal Uriah Buzz Butler, he lit the way for all of us present in this
commemoration in his honour tonight.
Apprenticed to a carpenter, he later
shifted trades and became a
compositor and then a trainee printer.
But Marryshow soon found that his love for
words and writing was
uncontrollable, and as a teenager he turned to the tool and weapon that
going to serve the Caribbean people and cause them to marvel at him and
him for the rest of his days – his pen.
THE MAN AND HIS PEN
Here was a man of complete eloquence,
whose power of speech was
only matched by his power with the written word.
As he leveled his pen at them, colonial
governors who had sat behind the most expensive desks in England and
their way through Oxford and Cambridge universities through right of
quaked and trembled.
And yet Marryshow had no university
education, not even a
secondary school education.
He learned to read and write without the
benefit of electricity,
he had no money to buy books, he had no access to vast libraries,
He learned his brilliance from the streets
of St. George’s and
the great hills and forest of our beloved Grenada.
He studied the hearts and hopes of his
His first great influence was the man
whose newspaper he began to
work for at the age of 17 years in 1904 – William Galway Donovan, the
the Federalist and Grenada People.
And what a fantastic combination that was!
Here was W.G. Donovan, half black
Grenadian and inheritor of
Fedon’s mighty struggle, half Irishman and inheritor of Wolfe Tone, of
of the Fenians and the great Irish rebels and republicans who like the
Caribbean people had spent centuries trying to free themselves from the
colonial stranglehold and who are still fighting, up until now!
And here was Donovan and his paper, which
in its very title, was
articulating the great dream of Marryshow – a united, federal
Caribbean, one Caribbean,
one indivisible people.
Again comrades, the more we look at our
history, the more we see
the connections we have with the rest of the struggling people of the
the more we realise our destiny remains integral with the fortunes of
oppressed of the world.
And Marryshow, more than anyone before
him, realised this and
By 1909, at the age of 22, he was editor
of the St. George’s Chronicle and Grenada
by 1915 he had helped found The West
Indian, and stayed as editor of that pioneering journal for
years, headlining on every single issue the slogan that was to be his
watchwords for the rest of his fighting life!
WEST INDIES MUST BE WEST INDIAN!
And yet his unquestionable commitment to
the Caribbean did not
make him simply a regionalist.
In 1917, he wrote a ferocious and historic
attack on the racist
state of South Africa in this Cycles off
And never forget that at his time there
was no world-wide
movement against apartheid, no United Nations, no great cluster of
African States to support him.
The man he was attacking, General Jan
Smuts, one of the early
architects of the emerging apartheid state, was seen by the ruling
class of the
British Empire as an important ally, and bastion of the Empire, and
great defence of the African people came in the middle of the 1914-18
imperialist war, when millions upon millions of people from all over
were uselessly dying.
Such words from an impertinent, unknown
black man in an outpost
of the empire would have been seen as treason.
And yet none of this deterred Marryshow,
man of Grenada, man of
the Caribbean, man of the rising world, from his defence of justice and
and his undaunted assault on all things racist, oppressive and inhuman.
In fact, in 1917, when the pillars of the
ancient order were
being torn down in Soviet Russia and when Lenin was directing the
masses to storm the palaces of the Tzar, T.A. Marryshow was sitting
words in a small island in the Eastern Caribbean, a forgotten and
of the British Empire.
And the words pouring out from the great
Grenadian’s pen read
like an extraordinary prophecy of what has happened in Ghana, in
Angola, in Guinea Bissau, in Libya, Zimbabwe, in Cuba and Grenada – and
will storm through South Africa and Namibia in the months and years
Here are his words written in 1917 after
he had heard and read
about the great events taking place in Russia in 1917, a revolution
place exactly 30 years after Marryshow’s birth:
It is Africa’s direct turn.
of New Ethiopia scattered all over the world, should
determine that there should be new systems of the distributions of
opportunities, privileges and rights, so that Africa shall rid herself
of the murderous highwaymen of Europe who have plundered here, raped
left her hungry and naked in the broad light of the boasted European
would then be free again to rise her head among the
races of the earth and enrich humanity as she has done
before . . .
Comrades, thus spoke Grenada in 1917. Thus
speaks Grenada in
MAN OF THE CARIBBEAN, MAN OF THE WORLD
T.A. Marryshow never forgot the rest of
the world as he spent his
life struggling for a united Caribbean.
In his own words, he was an enemy of the
old style bramble
politics, or as he called ‘parish pump politics’, and his
manifested in his ceaseless struggles to unite the Caribbean,
As founder and President of the Grenada
Working Men’s Association,
formed in 1911, he became a prominent figure in Caribbean labour
and his energy and commitment was instrumental in setting up the
As president of this body in 1946, he
persuaded it to take a
supportive stand on the Federation.
In every forum in which he participated,
he condemned the
political tribalism that put territory against territory and one
working people against another.
It made no send to him, he saw it as
reactionary and foolish –
his whole life was dedicated to unifying and bringing together all of
people who had been scattered and separated by the interests of British
In 1921, he travelled to London, using his
own money and under
his own initiative.
He sought out the Colonial Office, marched
in with all the
dignity and independence that marked his entire character, and brought
eloquence to bear on the men behind the desks at the hub of the Empire.
At that time, the legislative councils of
the Caribbean islands –
with the exception of Barbados and Jamaica – had no elected members,
all appointed by the British governor.
Marryshow spoke not only for Grenada, not
only for his own island
but for the entire unfranchised Caribbean.
As a result of his reasoning and
argumentation, achieved without
pleading or begging, the Wood Commission came to the Caribbean, and as
consequence of Marryshow’s mission, a measure of representative
government was achieved
not only for Grenada, but also for the other Windward islands, the
And it is important to remember, as Book 1
of our locally written
CPE Adult Education Reader reminds us that his historic victory of
representative government for our region came as a direct result of
years of struggles by T.A. Marryshow dating back to his formation in
the Grenada Representative Government Association.
The creation of a representative section
of the legislative
council meant that T.A. Marryshow became the elected member for St.
and stayed in that seat for 33 tireless, brilliant and self-sacrificing
until his death in 1958.
He had struck a great blow for democracy
Caribbean, and given the people a foot in the door of freedom, a door
to be thrown open fully on March 13th, 1979 by
the struggles of our
But of course, the emphasis of his public
and political life was
firmly upon creating a structure of regional unity, which found
his vision of FEDERATION.
It was a noble, democratic vision which
sought to reintegrate a
divided people to bind our islands together in one fraternal, united
From 1929 when he attended the first
regional conference on
regional integration in Barbados, through the years until the West
Conference of the Caribbean Commission in St. Kitts in 1946 and the
Conference in 1947, Marryshow personified Caribbean oneness, he was in
the symbol and dynamo of unity, the ‘Father of Federation’.
In 1933, he was the advisor to the Federal
Conference in London,
and played an integral role in the Planning Conference for Federation
Jamaica in 1957.
In 1958, when what had been just a
compelling idea in his brain
because a political reality and he himself became one of his country’s
federal senators to the Federal Parliament, he could only utter the
unforgettable words –
is my dream come true.
I am a member of that august body that I dreamed into
THE MARRYSHOW STANDARD
Marryshow died in the same year, 1959, and
over his bones grew
division, faintheartedness and a withdrawal to insularity.
Suddenly there was no Marryshow to heal
these wounds and bind the
parts of the whole together once more.
And so, comrades, we have to continue his
unfinished work to
bring together again everything that was lost.
That is not a mere sentimental or
nostalgic gesture for us in
Grenada, it is a part of our blood, ours mixed with Fedon’s, mixed with
Butler’s, mixed with Marryshow’s.
It is a part of the responsibility of the
tradition handed down
to us, part of the task passed to us from the giants of our history who
laid the foundations for us and our progress.
For when we consider Marryshow, we see an
extraordinary man who
grew from the ordinary earth that we all share.
In a way, we can see him as the most
ordinary of men who grew
from the most ordinary of backgrounds.
And yet this working class boy of St.
George’s became the
greatest journalist and prose stylist of his age, because the founder
country’s first labour movement, because in himself the standard of
integrity and truth.
One of the greatest singers of his
generation, the mighty Paul
Robeson, told him his voice was one of the most magnificent he had ever
that he should become a professional singer.
His poetry was compared to that of the
great black American, Paul
He was a sportsman, a humourist, a
democrat and a struggler for
human progress: and perhaps the nearest to a complete human being that
region has ever produced.
He was not only a firm anti-colonialist,
he also firmly refused
to compromise his principles regardless of the consequences, a quality
always got him into the bad books of the British colonialists.
In fact, up to 1921, the British never
called his name but only
referred to him as ‘this dangerous radical’.
And what a nice compliment that was!
A strong kind of principle continued right
through his life.
During the late 1940s, the colonial system
was challenged by a
worldwide struggle which campaigned for placing all colonies under the
thee League of Nations (later to become the United Nations).
The British therefore elaborated a scheme
to get the West Indies
colonies to say to the UN that they wanted to remain with Britain
In pursuance of this trickery and
deception, the British
requested Marryshow to go to the Hague in Holland to read such a
Of course, Marryshow with his customary
uncompromising attitude to colonialism, bluntly refused, and so it fell
Grantley Adams to go before the Security Council to try to make out the
case that West Indian countries wanted to stay as colonies.
And so comrades, in honouring and
remembering him yet again
tonight and as we do on this date every year, what does his message
past bring us at this present moment, how is he speaking to us now?
He is demonstrating to use and telling us
a standard, that we, as
Grenadians and Caribbean people, must seek to emulate.
If we pause and examine ourselves and our
Revolution by the
Marryshow standard, we can, of course, find many places where we have
short, but we can also find other places where we are proud to have
We know he would have approved of our
declaration in the early
hours of March 13th, 1979 that our Revolution,
for work, for food, for decent housing and health services,
and for a bright future for our children and grandchildren.
He devoted his own life to those things,
and we were merely
carrying on his concerns and those of Fedon and Butler.
We felt his closeness on July 14 and 15 of
1979 when we hosted
the Grenada Summit and conferred with the Prime Ministers of St. Lucia
His same spirit of Caribbean solidarity
was present at that
meeting when all three Prime Ministers spoke of the creation of one
Caribbean, and when it was decided that travel restrictions between our
would be eased, and in the future between our shores, passports would
T.A. Marryshow was with us when we signed
the Declaration of St.
George’s, gelling the region that we would erase the traces of
our countries and move forward together in a non-aligned policy towards
And his spirit travelled with us to Lusaka
in Zambia a month
Following his example of a rejection of
parochialism and national
selfishness, we spoke not only for ourselves, but also for Zimbabwe’s
independence and for all small island states, not only in the
throughout the Commonwealth, the islands of the Pacific, the Atlantic,
Indian Ocean and any other small national territory like ourselves
been set apart by both geography and imperialism.
We asked that there should be more
assistance for states like
ours from the bigger and richer Commonwealth countries to give us free
to their markets, that they offer us greater financial help with less
traps, that they create a Basic Needs Fund for the small island states,
they help us to be more self-sufficient in our energy supplies, and
dependent upon their oil by giving us the technical assistance to help
discover our own energy sources.
NOT ONLY FOR OURSELVES
we spoke not
only of Grenada and for Grenada.
We wanted nothing for ourselves that our
neighbours and brothers
and sisters in the neighbouring islands couldn’t enjoy too.
We have never said that only Grenada
matters because for us that
would be impossible as the heirs of Marryshow, Fedon and Butler.
We have always believed and still believe
that what is good for
us is also good for the entire Caribbean, although we would never force
view on our sister islands.
But, we know we all suffer from the same
same scars of colonialism, the same trade imbalance, the same
the transnational corporations that try to suck us dry.
And so, what we labour to find for
ourselves, we shall labour to
find for the rest of the Caribbean.
And the fact is that three years after the
Lusaka Conference, the
mighty presence of Marryshow still accompanies us when we travel around
world to seek assistance, co-operation and friends and allies who will
without trying to dictate to us.
When Comrade Coard was in London last
month at the Commonwealth
Finance Ministers’ Conference, we saw the same pattern, the same
that Grenada fights for the entire Caribbean, that we saw with
journey to London in 1921.
There we spoke out for all small island
states in the manner of
We proposed that the Commonwealth appoint
a panel of experts to
conduct a special survey of the problems of small island states,
that over half of the nations of the Commonwealth fall inside this
including Grenada, St. Lucia, Barbados, the Seychelles, Tonga,
Ascension Island, Bermuda, the Bahamas, Montserrat and St. Vincent.
Comrade Coard, like Marryshow of old, was
fighting for all these
countries, battling to secure more favourable repayment periods from
International Monetary Fund in Toronto a few days later, fighting to
the situation of our small farmers and their counterparts right through
Caribbean, Marryshow’s Caribbean.
T.A. Marryshow was with us too, comrades,
when we were in Paris a
few weeks ago, inspiring us in our conversations with President
We could feel his joy when the generosity
of the French
government was expressed in substantial aid from their fund for aid and
secured not only for us, but for six of our closest neighbours too.
This was the first time ever this fund had
reached out towards
the Eastern Caribbean, being normally directed to former French
the Portuguese-speaking nations of Africa.
As this month’s Caribbean
Contact declares and acknowledges:
million dollars’ worth of economic aid will start
trickling into the Eastern Caribbean early next year as part of the
France’s new Socialist government to step up its aid to the Third World.
bonanza will largely thanks to Grenada!
And we could add not only thanks to the
Grenada of today but
thanks to the Marryshow tradition for we are simply carrying on his
sustaining love for the Caribbean – and not by words alone, for indeed
was a man of magnificent words, but every word was matched with a deed,
real, concrete action.
He did not simply compose elegant
sentences and write emotional
poems to Caribbean unity.
He lived that unity, worked tirelessly for
it, travelled oceans
and continents to bring it nearer and finally, if only temporarily, he
to bring it about.
That is our was too, comrades, our
tradition, our commitment.
And that is what we pledge to continue and
consolidate on this
day, the day when we remember Marryshow.
UNITE OR PERISH
Comrades, like Marryshow, we recognise the
strength and necessity
of workers’ organisation and have promoted their regeneration and
re-invigoration by scrapping all the dictator’s anti-trade union laws
giving the choice to all workers to join which trade union they please.
And Marryshow was also a great house
Next time you walk along the Carenage look
at those houses next
to the Empire Cinema.
And next time you walk along Tyrrel Street
watch the house
opposite the University of the West Indies centre – they are the houses
built, workers’ houses and for just three dollars a month for twelve
houses were theirs!
Think what Marryshow would have done with
our Sandino Plant, with
our pre-fabricated houses from the government of Venezuela, with the
no-interest loans from our House Repair Programme!
We built them in the spirit of Marryshow.
He promoted sports for all, like the
Revolution does, and he
He was cheering with us in Tanteen when
our netball sisters
played like lionesses this August, and he will be singing with our
Performing Company as they tour the USA right now and during the next
and he will undoubtedly soon be laying the bricks of our House of
And because he loved beauty, culture and
sport, Marryshow was a
man of peace.
He knew that peace is the ideal of every
He was with Comrade Louison in La Paz,
Bolivia, at the OAS
conference when we first put forward our determination that the
be, and must be, a Zone of Peace, when we articulated the principle of
ideological pluralism and friendship and co-operation between all
the Caribbean and of the wider world.
He would have understood our concept of
the wider Caribbean, that
languages and national boundaries and the different identities of the
ex-colonial powers must never be factors that separate the one people
Caribbean Basin, whether they are from the Bahamas or Suriname or
Mexico, Panama, Nicaragua or El Salvador, from Curacao, Haiti or Cuba,
Guatemala or Grenada – one people, one history, one Caribbean nation!
Tonight we remember, comrades, what
Marryshow’s mentor, W.G.
Donovan inscribed upon his newspaper, something that reached right
and came directly to our Revolution, the remarkable words –
a naked freeman, than a gilded slave.
Tonight as we remember those words, we
also remember that just as
we do not interfere in the internal affairs of other nations, so we
no bullying, no intimidation, no interference, no bribery, no blackmail
whitemail from any person or government.
We are certain that if Marryshow and
Donovan could look around
this meeting tonight and through the villages of our own country, and
be confident that they see no gilded slaves in Free Grenada!
Only free men, free women, free children
in our small island, a
world of freedom.
A VITAL UPCOMING PERIOD
Comrades, the next three weeks will be
vital for us.
We have over one hundred  activities
leading up to Bloody
Sunday, two major regional conferences here in Grenada, and the
meetings of the
heads of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States and the heads of
And as we know, the existence of these
regional structures in
themselves owe a huge amount to the vision and lifetime’s work of
which makes them of particular significance to us, as there is
huge amount to be done to carry on Marryshow’s work.
For us in the People’s Revolutionary
Government, the continuation
of Marryshow’s visionary work is the priority for these meetings – to
extend and sustain his efforts, to build on his foundations, to make
meetings genuinely meaningful to the lives of the poor and working
We are not going to cuss or fight any
other nation; we are going
with our heads and hearts open to build upon our history like Marryshow
Barbados in 1929, like he went to St. Kitts in 1946 and Montego Bay in
We go to St. Lucia and Jamaica in 1982 to
work, to find real answers to the massive problems facing our people.
What can we do as a Caribbean people to
help our farmers sell
What can we do as a Caribbean people to
develop much more just and
equitable terms of trade with the European countries?
What can we do as a Caribbean people to
secure better prices for
our cocoa, our bananas, our nutmegs – or our arrowroot, our sugar or
How can we bring closer the New
International Economic Order?
How can we begin to control the massive
onslaught on our people’s minds and consciousness?
We shall be recommending plans to develop
a regional maritime
transport system, recalling the days when we had the Federal
Maple and the Federal
Palm plying between our islands.
WE SHALL DEFEND UWI
We shall be resolutely defending our
regional university, the
University of the West Indies, arguing that it must stay intact for the
of all Caribbean people, as it is a part of our Marryshow inheritance
cherish and hold dearly.
We shall be putting forward proposals for
much greater cultural
and sporting interchanges.
We shall be recommending ways of promoting
mush deeper friendship
and understanding between our people, and putting forward a policy of
bulk-buying of certain expensive imported goods for the region, so that
collectively cut our import bills and east strain on all our budgets.
In other words, comrades, we are
approaching these meetings in
the Marryshow tradition with positive, unifying proposals.
We want nothing to do with sectarianism,
conspiracies or cliques,
we want an agenda which serves our people, the Caribbean people, and
and seeks to resolve their multiplicity of problems.
We remember the words of the man whose
life and work we are
West Indies in a world like this must unite or perish.
is not the time for parish pump politics.
must think nobly, nationally, with special regard for the
first fundamentals of a West Indian unity, and a West Indian identity.
Comrades, we go to St. Lucia and Jamaica
with these words ringing
clearly in our minds.
THE INTELLECTUAL WORKER
As you know, comrades, for you have been
at many openings and
public sessions – Free Grenada has been the venue of many Caribbean
We have had conferences of Caribbean
workers, Caribbean and
American lawyers, Caribbean trade unionists, Caribbean journalists,
name a few.
Later this month, we shall be hosting two
One will be the first ever international
conference to be held in
our sister island of Carriacou on the subject of Education and
which we aim to demonstrate the excellence of Camp Carriacou as a
while emphasising the meaning behind our slogan, that “Education is
The other is a conference of Caribbean
Intellectual workers, some
of the most remarkable and talented people of our region, who will come
together here in Grenada to discuss and affirm the cultural sovereignty
Historically, intellectuals, or what we
used to know as the ‘intelligentsia’
– authors, journalists, artists, poets and scholars – have seen
alienated, apart from the ordinary working people of region.
As such, they tended to distance
themselves from the people’s
struggles, living abroad or in ivory towers of dreams and sheer
This conference is designed to help to
workers out of intellectuals, to form a policy and a plan of action
make cultural and intellectual work, in the words of one of the
organisers, the brilliant Barbadian novelist George Lamming, ‘an
of the lives of all our people.’
We shall be host to many outstanding minds
and imaginations from
Michael Manley of Jamaica to the great Caribbean poet Martin Carter of
from Paul Keens-Douglas to the Minister of Culture of Nicaragua Ernesto
Cardenal, from Trevor Farrell to George Beckford and Don Robotham, from
1982 Nobel prize winner for literature Gabriel Garcia Marquez of
the legendary Harry Belafonte who was last here in 1955.
Scarcely have so many extraordinary
Caribbean people come
together for such an event, and comrades, they are coming together in
So earlier on this evening, we formed a
Committee of Grenadian
Intellectuals, which will formulate ors own programme and proposals for
bringing the arts, all aspects of national culture and scholarship
our people, so that intellectual work stands beside manual and
and takes us towards the same ends and objectives: the full economic,
and political emancipation of our people, and a way of life which
which mimics none, which is slave to none, but which reflects the
and genius of our struggling people and our developing nation.
Thus our intellectuals, like our workers,
farmers and fishermen
will be producers too, and catalysts in creating and reflecting a new
our people, as well as guardians of our culture who ensure that the
cancer cannot penetrate and destroy the new values and definitions we
building for ourselves through our own unique process.
A VERY SPECIAL DAY
Without doubt, today is a special day in
It is the day of T.A. Marryshow, but it is
also a day in which we
also remember great events and other gigantic people.
Today if the 65th
Anniversary of the Great October
Socialist Revolution, that epoch-making event in Russia in 1917, which
paved the way for so many enormous changes, not only for the Soviet
for the entire world.
In 1917, as Marryshow wrote his Cycles of Civilisation, he knew of the
massive blow struck against
backwardness and tyranny in Russia.
Listen to Marryshow as he expressed his
joy in his unforgettable
language and style as he beheld the triumph for the masses of St.
and Moscow an ocean and continent away.
great spirit of democracy and socialism is coming to do God’s
work of leveling up and leveling down.
Today, we also commemorate Palestine
Liberation Day, and we are
happy to have a Palestinian comrade with us who has given us the latest
information of the heroic struggles of their people against the
Zionist aggression backed up to the cowardly hilt by US imperialism.
We can hardly find words to express our
shock and shame at the
barbarous forces that massacred your people in Beirut.
We mourned with you for the loss of your
innocent lives but we
also clench firmly our Caribbean fists to fight on with you.
We can only say that your agony was also
our agony, but that your
certain and inevitable victory and joy will also be ours.
Our Party, our People’s Revolutionary
Government and our free
people are with you.
Last month we marched through our streets
in solidarity with you,
and one day, must as you are visiting free and revolutionary Grenada,
be visiting you in free and revolutionary Palestine.
OUR CULTURE IS OUR DIGNITY
Comrades, in our presentation this
evening, we have truly
traversed the world.
In dealing with Marryshow, this is
inevitable because of his
worldliness, his universal vision.
But let me end by saying that this day,
Marryshow Day, will from
this year, also be known as National Day of Culture in our country.
Marryshow, as we have noted, was a
cultured man, and a true
forerunner of the organised intellectual who strives to use his brain,
his scholarship to serve his people.
He would have been the first to sponsor
and take part in the
intellectual conference on culture and sovereignty we are hosting later
For our culture is how we live, how we
produce, what we grow, how
we make our democracy and freedom, how we change and transform our
we organise our hopes, dreams and aspirations, how we love one another.
And how, as we change the world, we are
changed ourselves into
new men, new women, new Caribbean people.
The great man once said, and it was on
March 13th that
he said it, comrades, as if he already knew what that would mean for
13th 1950 in the Market Square where we have had
many of our own
earliest times, I had thought in terms of human dignity,
that a man, no matter how poor, could lift himself and become somebody
read avidly in my youth, and the quotation ‘I never did
believe, nor do I now believe that Providence ordained one set of men,
to ride and the others saddled to be ridden’, had a profound influence
Our culture is our dignity, the dignity
the Revolution ion has
brought us and the dignity it sustains in us.
We are sovereigns of our dignity, of our
pride in being we, and
we are proud of our consistent victory over the forces that try to make
their imitators, their mimics and their puppets.
Our Revolution has put on the agenda of
the Caribbean people, a
new way, a new view of ourselves, a new determination in our destiny.
For this we thank and honour T.A.
Marryshow, the prince of West
Indian journalists, the father of the West Indian Federation, the
statesman of the West Indies, and all those Caribbean masses, our
their ancestors that have brought us to the freedom of being what we
being what we are, determined we shall be, and determined we shall walk
conscious, organised, productive and united way along the glorious new
that will bring peace, happiness, justice and social progress to all of
free and patriotic people.