The Clement Payne Movement considers the late Glenroy Straughn to be an unofficial “National Hero” of Barbados!
Straughn had a record of service to the people of Barbados and the wider Caribbean that stretched back some six decades to the 1950’s,when he distinguished himself as a young, fearless and energetic organizer of Caribbean workers in the oppressive, European-dominated petroleum industry of Curacao.
Upon his return to Barbados he continued his mission of service by stepping into the political shoes of Sir Grantley Adams and assuming duties as the Barbados Labour Party representative for Adams’ St. Joseph constituency.
Ultimately, however, Straughn’s “non-establishment” political instincts led him away from the BLP and into the ranks of the more militant, socialist-oriented “Peoples Progressive Movement”, along with the likes of Bobby Clarke, Calvin Alleyne and the late Leroy Harewood.
But Straughn’s contributions to Barbados and the Caribbean were not confined to the trade union and political arenas! He was also an outstanding Pan-Africanist, educator and dramatist, and played a multiplicity of roles in a wide variety of community-based organisations, inclusive of “Citizens Against Narcotics” and the Road Safety Association. He was also, perhaps, the most outstanding chairman that the Transport Board ever had!
His commitment to Pan-Africanism led him to take up a leadership role in the Bussa Committee and the Pan-African Movement of Barbados, and in his latter years, to assume the role of “elder” of the Caribbean district of the Global Afrikan Congress.
In 2008, Straughn, along with his equally heroic wife Ada, was awarded the “Clement Payne National Hero Award” for his outstanding service to the people of Barbados and the Caribbean.
The Clement Payne Movement salutes this great champion of the people, and extends its deepest condolences to his widow Ada, and to the other members of his family.
— DAVID COMISSIONG