Published: 12:11 PM on August 01, 2022
On behalf of the SBCS GLI community, I would like to extend best wishes to all our colleagues and citizens of African ancestry on the celebration of Emancipation Day 2022.
Kudos to those trailblazers in Trinidad and Tobago who laboured long and hard, and against much opposition and general apathy, to have this day commemorated as a national holiday. On August 1, 1985, Trinidad and Tobago became the first independent country to declare a national holiday to commemorate the abolition of slavery.
Today, many countries around the world are recognizing the significance of this day. And In March 2021 the Canadian House of Commons voted unanimously on a motion to recognize August 1 as “Emancipation Day” across Canada.
“When a great truth once gets abroad in the world, no power on earth can imprison it, or prescribe its limits, or suppress it. It is bound to go on till it becomes the thought of the world.”
— Frederick Douglass
Happy Emancipation Day 2022 !
Stay safe and keep well.
Robin R Maraj
Founder & Executive Director