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PRESIDENT THABO MBEKI GIVEN THE KEYS TO KINGSTON

President Thabo Mbeki, President of South Africa, Mayor Marie Atkins, Mayor-Elect Senator Desmond, McKenzie Ladies, Mrs. Portia Simpson-Miller Minister of Local Government, special guests, ladies, and gentlemen, I am more than conscious of the signal honor that has been bestowed on me to give the main address at this Ceremony this afternoon. At the same time, this great privilege has left me in a deep quandary. What can I say to a man who has succeeded the giant Nelson Mandela, and is not considered a midget even by his most ardent detractors? What can I say to the Leader of the African National Congress, which fought and triumphed over one of the most oppressive and heinous systems of oppression, Apartheid, the world has seen and, in its victory, has not embarked upon revenge and retribution, but rather has started the journey down the road of reconciliation? What can I say to the Leader of a nation that has had the moral courage to seek reconciliation through truth, truth not only from the oppressors with respect to what they did but also from the oppressed in terms of what they did to resist the oppression?

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The History of the Baptist Church in Education & the liberation of the Jamaican people.

140th Anniversary of the Zion Hill Baptist Church



There is a big picture about each element of the Topic: the Baptist Church, Education, Liberation of Jamaica as a people, and Jamaica as a country. As a believer in Jesus the Christ as Savior and Lord and as a science teacher who incorporates history in my work, and reads it for enjoyment, I have approached this presentation from three perspectives. First, that the Eternal, Invisible, Infinite God is working His purpose out in ways that we cannot fully understand. Second, facts matter even if they are inconvenient. Third, time and place are critical because they provide context to God’s workings and historical facts and sequence.

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The Norman Washington Manley award for excellence – Reply

INTRODUCTION

Master of Ceremonies Ms. Fae Ellington; Chairman Ainsley Henriquez and Mrs. Henriquez and Members of the Board of the Norman Washington Manley Foundation; Mrs. Glynn Manley; Mr. Joseph Manley other members of the Manley family, distinguished ladies and gentlemen all,  it is a signal honor to be bestowed with the Norman Washington Manley Award for Excellence in your presence.

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CARIBBEAN MIGRATION TO NORTH AMERICA

TENTH ANNIVERSARY CONFERENCE OF THE
CARIBBEAN RESEARCH CENTER, MEDGAR EVERS COLLEGE, 1997 
CLOSING ADDRESS: LOOKING AT THE OUTCOMES

INTRODUCTION

Thank you, Dr. Taint, for your kind words of welcome and introduction. It is a pleasure to be able to participate in this conference. It is my honour to represent Sir Alister McIntyre, Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies, who was scheduled to give this presentation. I am speaking in his place but not in his name. I take full responsibility for whatever sins are committed in this presentation.

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Education for a Caribbean Mindset. Inaugural Eric Downie Memorial Lecture Sept 2009.

INTRODUCTION

The Reverend Dr. Devon Dick and the Organisers of the Boulevard Baptist Church have conferred on me the great honour to deliver this first Eric Downie Memorial Lecture. While the task is awesome, it is not one that I could decline. We are inaugurating the commemoration of the life and work of a remarkable son of Jamaica. Loving husband, devoted father, bedrock of the extended Downie family, teacher, a Mico Man to be exact, college lecturer, historian, teacher leader and Baptist deacon are but some of the areas in which he excelled. But then we would have left out dominoes, of which he was a master.

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