Dr. George Belle, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, and Senior Lecturer in Political Science will deliver a special lecture to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Bridgetown riots, hosted by the Barbados Labour Party.
The lecture/discussion will be held tomorrow, July 19 at the Hugh Springer Auditorium, Barbados Workers Union, Harmony Hall, St. Michael.
Titled, The Rise of the Phoenix – The 1937 Riots and the Emergence of the Barbados Labour Party, the presentation will give a comprehensive picture of what inspired the riots, what transpired and examine the main outcomes one of which was the genesis of local political organizations which led to the formation of the BLP.
Belle is eminently qualified to speak on the topic. He is one of the leading researchers in the political history of Barbados since Emancipation. In this regard he blends his keen interest in political philosophy and thought with an outstanding knowledge of the history of that period.
He received his early education at Harrison College before going to UWI, Mona, Jamaica where he obtained his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Political Science. He then travelled to University of Manchester, England where he obtained his PhD in Political Science.
It is no wonder that he was the choice for what the BLP regards as one of the most significant milestones in Barbados’ history. It is expected that the lecture/discussion, which is open to the public, will be attended by a large cross-section of the society including those with a particular historical and/or political orientation.
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