As the We Gatherin’ celebrations in St Peter come to a close, the northern parish will tangibly honour one of its most famous sons.
Addressing the Pride of Barbados Awards ceremony at the St Peter Parish Church, last evening Member of Parliament for the parish Colin Jordan said the Speightstown Bypass Road will be renamed after Sir Kenmore Husbands, the first black man to serve as Speaker of the House of Assembly.
He said Cabinet had approved the proposal.
“The Prime Minister and Cabinet thought it fitting that, in this celebration of St Peter as well as African Awareness Month, we should celebrate his contribution. So, on Friday afternoon we plan to unveil a sign officially renaming the road, and the Prime Minister will share remarks at that event,” Jordan disclosed.
Sir Kenmore, better known as Doc Husbands, began his career as a teacher, and entered politics in 1946 when he contested the St James constituency. In 1947 he won that seat in a by-election, and in the 1948 general elections he was elected as the Junior Member for the parish of St Peter.
He served as Speaker of the House between 1948 and 1955, and again from 1958 until 1961. During his time in Parliament, he also held the portfolios of Minister of Agriculture, Science and Technology, and Minister of Trade, Industry and Commerce. He was the parish MP from 1948 until he retired in 1971. He was knighted in 1989, and died two years later.
Meantime, during the awards ceremony, Jordan said there were some major goals Barbados hoped to accomplish within the next few years, and while they seemed lofty they could be achieved with a determined effort from all Barbadians.
“We are in a situation socially, economically and even spiritually, where we all need to recommit. We expect that as we lead by example you will join with us in building and rebuilding a sustainable nation,” the MP said.
“The Prime Minister has set targets in various spheres of activity, not to cause disillusionment, but to cause us to reach something big. If a target is to be inspirational it has to be higher than what you can reach by ordinary effort. We have been set targets in terms of fossil fuel, Gross Domestic Product growth, primary surplus. These are terms you hear but real targets Government is hoping to achieve, and once we can do that, life will become easier for all of us as a result.”
Those honoured at the awards included: Haynesley Benn, for his work in agriculture and the 4H Movement; musician Dennis Bovell, for his outstanding contribution to indigenous music and mentorship to aspiring musicians; Kenneth Yearman, for his contribution to the agricultural sector; and French Village community life and police officer Colin Brathwaite, for his work in the Northern Division and community outreach activities.
Aird Atherley was honoured for his efforts to promote Speightstown as a heritage site and for his contribution as a foreign language teacher at the Coleridge and Parry School; John Gary Edwards was recognized for his contribution to church life in Barbados and Florida; while Barry Downes also gained recognition for his work in assisting Barbadians passing through Miami, Florida over the years.
Caville Best and Pierre Dave Hurley were the other two honourees.