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SLIDESHOW: Launch of 50th Anniversary Exhibit Commemorating Selassie Visit

Hundreds turned out for the inaugural Selassie lecture, named for Emperor Haile Selassie 1 of Ethopia, and the official opening of a 50th Anniversary Exhibition commemorating his 1966 visit to Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, Jamaica and Haiti.The visiting exhibition, curated by Rootz Foundation through the 50th Anniversary Coordinating Committee, is at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Museum until May 19.

HONOURING SELASSIE 50 YEARS AGO

April 2016 marks 50 years since Emperor Haile Selassie visited the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) and received an Honorary LLD degree. The Emperor of Ethopia was in the Caribbean on a tour that included Jamaica, Haiti and Trinidad & Tobago.
Image of Haile Selassie at the UWI Mona Campus (From the Pelican – UWI student annual)
The Honorary Degree citation stated, in part:

PANYARDS AT UWI MONA!

Now seriously: Did YOU know that there were panyards at the then University College of the West Indies (UCWI) and the early UWI after it became an independent of the University of London in 1962?
Dr Archie Hudson Phillips and Prof Emeritus Woodville Marshall both recall cacophany behind Taylor Hall in the mid-1950s as ‘di boys’ struggled to turn salvaged steel drums into workable steelpans and forge a workable steel band for fetes, support of hall activities including sometimes hard-contested football games, and carnival.

AUDIO-VISUAL: Floodgates of Memory

We’re still on the subject of UWI Carnival – the first expression of carnival festivity to reach Jamaica from the southern Caribbean. It came north with students from across the region who headed to the new regional university at Mona, Jamaica, from 1948.
PVC Dale Webber checking out some of the historic images from UWI Carnival, during a visit to the exhibition: “Le’ Wi Play Mas!”

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