St. Martin culture and youth to feature at Emancipation Day Lecture on July 1

Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, addressing the UN General Assembly in this file photo, to deliver the third annual Emancipation Day Lecture of the Independence for St. Martin Foundation, July 1, 2017. (UN photo)  


GREAT BAY, St. Martin — Dr. Denzil L. Douglas arrived here on Friday to deliver the Emancipation Day Lecture at the University of St. Martin (USM) on Saturday, July 1, 2017, at 8 PM, said the Independence for St. Martin Foundation (ISMF).

The Right Honorable Dr. Douglas, a former Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, will focus on “The Realities of Independence,” the title and theme of the lecture. The culture and youth of St. Martin are also part of the third annual Emancipation lecture program organized by ISMF.

“The moving song ‘St. Martin is My Home’ by Lino, will be played on Pan by Mighty Dow, one of the nation’s premier musicians,” said Dr. Rhoda Arrindell of the ISMF. “Poems will be recited by Dennisio Duzong and high school student Atlantha Courtar,” said Dr. Arrindell.

“Admission is free to the Emancipation Day Lecture at USM. We’re inviting all of the St. Martin people to attend. There will be a question-answer period with Dr. Douglas and a reception for the people to meet and talk with our keynote speaker,” said ISMF president Joseph H. Lake, Jr. earlier this week.

Dr. Douglas, who profiled the twin-island federation prominently in the region during his consecutive terms in office (1995 to 2015), is scheduled to visit the historic Emilio Wilson Park for the Emancipation Day family and heritage picnic on Saturday afternoon. The increasingly popular Emancipation Day picnic is organized by VOICES foundation, said Dr. Arrindell.