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James makes a case for Chief Duvalier as second National Hero

James makes a case for Chief Duvalier as second National Hero


While many Vincentians are expressing their views on who should be the country’s next national hero, lawyer Carlos James is making a case for consideration to be given to Carib chief Duvailer (a.k.a DuVallé).{{more}}

James, a Unity Labour Party prospective North Leeward candidate for the next elections, made the call while addressing a gathering at the Culture Fest event in Chateaubelair last Saturday. The event, which was spearheaded by the Generation Next North Leeward youth group, saw participants from community groups in North Leeward and the National Reparations Committee joining to mark the country’s National Heroes and Heritage Month of activities.

While addressing the gathering, James noted that we often forget that Chatoyer was not alone and could not have coordinated his island-wide tactical maneuvering without the help of others.

The lawyer and community activist noted that before we take a quantum leap from the Chatoyer era to our modern socio-economic and political development, we must consider other persons who contributed to our development, from the Chatoyer era, such as Duvalier who was a key part of the struggle between the Caribs and the British.

“Now, before we even get to the stage of considering the likes of Joshua, Cato et al, I am of the opinion that there is a strong case to be made for Duvalier, who was instrumental in the fight for freedom for the Caribs, along with Chatoyer,” James said.

“Let us not rush into this issue of national heroes in an accelerated and political way. Many of us are eager to push for Joshua and Cato, but in time we will get to consider that stage of our country’s socio-economic and political development where the issue of national heroes is concerned,” James stated.

James urged the youths at the cultural event to empower themselves and to be aware of the issues that are affecting them within the society.

“You must be conscious of who we are, where we are from and where we are going as a people. It is important that you empower yourself as young people and let your voices be heard,” James challenged.

The event also saw contributions from the Miss Heritage contestants from the Troumaca and Petit Bordel Secondary Schools, along with local historian Curtis King from the National Reparations Committee.