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SPECIAL EXHIBIT: Nettleford Portrait for the Week

Prof Rex Nettleford (1933-2010) was a brilliant undergraduate at the then University College of the West Indies (UCWI); an Oxford University postgrad on a Rhodes scholarship who was renowned for his choreographic as well as his intellectual work; a dynamic academic, social and cultural actor back in post-independence Jamaica and on the regional and world stage; Vice-Chancellor of his alma mater, the by then UWI from 1998-2004.

May 18: Interweaving Threads

Many threads wove together at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Museum on May 18:
It was International Museum Day 2016, with the theme of Museums & Cultural Landscapes – landscapes interpreted as geographic, historical, economic, social and cultural contexts in which museums exist and operate.
What more appropriate time for an extended exploration of the context, significance and impact of the game-changing 1966 visit to Jamaica by Ethopian Emperor Haile Selassie. The visit is commemorated in the museum’s current visiting exhibition – just extended into June.

VIDEO: H.I.M. Come

“Ras Tafari came to drum beats.
The Negus
God-like on a golden lion
rode shafts of sunlight
and burnt away the rain…”
(Raymond Mair, 1966, published in ‘these days i celebrate’)
Our visiting exhibition commemorating the visit to Jamaica and other Caribbean islands by Ethopian Emperor Haile Selassie I in 1966, 50 years ago, has drawn wide-ranging interest.

VIDEO: SELASSIE RECOLLECTIONS

The visit to Jamaica by Emperor Haile Selassie in 1966 is still clearly remembered by many people over 50, and has been heard of by many others. The visiting exhibition on at the UWI Museum in April/May 2016, curated by Rootz Foundation, marks the 50th anniversary of the state visit to the Caribbean, with stops in Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, Jamaica and Haiti. The initial catalyst for the visit was an invitation tendered by Trinidad & Tobago Prime Minister Eric Williams.

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