Tribute to Revolutionary Grenada
33rd Anniversary of the Grenada Revolution!
Today, 13th March, 2012, Marks the 33rd anniversary of the Grenadian Revolution, led in 1979 by the great, Revolutionary Pan-Afrikanist, Maurice Bishop, and his party, the New Jewell Movement; and we the Afrikans of the world, stand united in paying tribute to this valiant Warrior-King and the Afrikan people of Grenada.
We hail the People's Revolutionary Government (PRG), which was formed on the day of the revolution, with Maurice Bishop as Prime Minister and the erudite educationalist, Bernard Coard (author of the seminal book, 'How the West Indian Child is Made Educationally Subnormal in British Schools'), as Deputy Prime Minister. The populist PRG brought great hope and inspiration to the people of Grenada, who had suffered for years under the yoke of the treacherous neo-colonialist, regime of Eric Geary and his Grenada United Labour Party; which were slavishly devoted to the interests of America and Britain, but brutally indifferent to the wellbeing of the beleaguered people of Grenada – 98% of whom were sons and daughters of Afrika.
The revolution was also a huge inspiration for Afrikans throughout the Caribbean and indeed the world. At its core was the attempt to implement the 'Black-print' of the Most Eminent Prophet and King, His Excellency: Marcus Mosiah Garvey as exemplified by Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah in revolutionary Ghana: restoring racial and cultural pride, economic self-reliance and autonomous nation building to the people. In fact, it was to the credit of Baba Maurice Bishop, Bernard Coard and other members of the PRG that they were ardent students of the lives and legacies of Papa Garvey and Papa Nkrumah, to the extent that they had designated the Birthday of Papa Garvey, 17th August, a national public holiday.
Alas, due to mounting political pressures, economic sanctions, constant military threats and a violent media offensive from the USA, compounded by internal rivalry and conflicts as well as reported CIA infiltration and destabilisation of the country, the revolution imploded on 19th October, 1983, providing the pretext for a long impending USA invasion, which deposed the remnants of the PRG. Sadly, Baba Maurice and members of his government were assassinated in the process and numerous Grenadian's were slaughtered whilst trying to defend their sovereign space and their beloved Prime Minister.
However, on this day of the 33rd anniversary of the Grenada Revolution, we affirm as we commemorate this event of great promise and sovereign aspirations, that the name of Baba Maurice Bishop, that gallant freedom fighter and the legacies of the People's Revolutionary Government of Grenada as well as the revolutionary spirit of the Grenadian people live on in the hearts and minds of our people worldwide and will never die.
By the same token, the vision of the Most Eminent Prophet and King, His Excellency: Marcus Mosiah Garvey of "a free and redeemed Afrika," under the banner of "the United State of Afrika" that can "lend protection" to our people everywhere; and for the liberation of all "Afrikans at home and abroad" will surely prevail.
By the name of MWARI-Nyakusika (God the Creator) and Muzimu-Mukuru (Our great Ancestors), WE WILL WIN – our Liberation!!!
· LONG LIVE THE NAME AND THE SPIRIT OF MAURICE BISHOP!
· LONG LIVE THE REVOLUTIONARY SPIRIT OF THE AFRIKAN PEOPLE OF GRENADA!
· LONG LIVE THE SPIRIT OF THE AFRIKAN WORLD REVOLUTION - TOWATDS TOTAL LIBERATION!
Unite organise now or perish!!!
Rise you mighty people!!!
Bro Ldr Mbandaka
(Spiritual Leader – Alkebu-Lan Revivalist Movement)