Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Big Ups to Walter Rodney
I was so humbled at this gathering. One thing I'm beginning to love about UWI-Mona is the constant feeling that I am among greatness. It truly is a privilege to- on a regular basis- interface with elders who not only write about the events and movements of the Caribbean that for so long have inspired me, but who have also lived them, reasoned with, marched beside, and fought with the greats like Walter Rodney, Mortimo Planno, Aime Cesaire and the list goes on. They send the light. I receive it with open arms.
One thing that disappointed me a bit by the lecture was the lack of youth present. This was something addressed by a member of the audience who commented that at these lecture series he rarely sees the youth. This led to a heated discussion on Jamaica's future. In this man's opinion Jamaica has got tough times ahead if the country is to depend on a generation 'entranced' by the not-so-forward looking messages of Vybz Kartel and the like.
Anyhoo, being present at the meeting compelled me to write the following letter to the late Walter Rodney. Yes, he's passed, but he'll get the message.
Dear Brother Rodney,
You were soooooooooooo dope!!
Peace and Love,
Your Daughter in another Life