Black Consciousness Festival celebrates Earl Lovelace salt


Author Earl Lovelace will have a conversation, Revisiting Salt, with Erica Ashton when the Black Consciousness Festival celebrates the 25th anniversary of Lovelace’s novel Salt. –

The Black Consciousness Festival celebrates the 25th anniversary of the publication of Earl Lovelace’s novel Salt on November 21.

Reparation for African movable slavery is a major theme of the lyrical and poignant book, for which Lovelace won the 1997 Commonwealth Writers’ Award.

Actor Wendell Manwarren will have a conversation about the book’s impact on education and art with Professor Supriya Nair of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, a specialist in postcolonial literatures, a press release said.

“The idea of ​​repairs is at the heart of the play,” Manwarren said in the statement. Salt shows that after emancipation, “people were set free into nothingness. They were meant to be free but still available to work for the man who was just there to whip them. We still suffer the consequences to this day. . “

Arguments against granting reparations to the descendants of these enslaved people usually end up saying that slavery ended a long time ago and “since then ‘everyone has had a chance.’ This is the fault. Not everyone is lucky, ”Manwarren said.

Author Earl Lovelace will have a conversation, Revisiting Salt, with Erica Ashton when the Black Consciousness Festival celebrates the 25th anniversary of Lovelace’s novel Salt. –

Lovelace will have a conversation, Revisiting Salt, with festival director Erica Ashton.

“Salt is also about leadership in the present; the idea of ​​victimization, of humanity, of living in a space with many others, of cultural identity and of difference, ”Ashton said in the statement.

The theme of the festival is SHIFT, indicating “the need to revisit how and what we see. Revisiting Salt 25 years after its publication gives us this opportunity, to see each other again, to see Earl Lovelace’s contribution to thinking in space, as one of the giants on whose shoulders we stand, ”says the press release.

The reparations are part of a larger questioning of black survival, resistance and resilience that the festival is designed to foster. Festival founder and director of content and communications Sean Samad said the festival is focused on recognizing the contributions of people of African descent.

“The Festival of Black Conscience and the celebration of Black Consciousness Day on November 20 in Brazil is based on the recognition of the daily work that people of African descent, like Zumbi dos Palmares, have always done and continue to do. “Samad said in the statement.

Zumbi was a 17th century freedom fighter who fought for the freedom of Africa against the Portuguese in Brazil and led the long-liberated colony of Palmares. He was martyred on November 20, 1695, but his legacy of resistance is still alive. Black Consciousness Day is celebrated in Brazil and is also known as Zumbi Day.

“This work is essential to resist persistent dehumanization and affirm the humanity, pride, power and practice of people of African descent,” Samad said.

On November 20, the festival will observe Black Consciousness Day through conversations with Brazilian speakers on sisterhood, endurance and resilience (with Any Manuela Freitas, Luísa Mahin and Ndembu Tandala) and unconscious prejudice (with Fernando Santos and Velluma Azevedo).

Wendell Manwarren will take a look at Salt’s impact on education when the Black Consciousness Festival celebrates the 25th anniversary of Earl Lovelace’s publication on November 21. –

Manwarren said in Salt, Lovelace talks about the void left by the persistent failure to deal with the effects of the Atlantic slave trade. Lovelace “humanizes her, brings her back to the real dynamics of people’s lives. Earl delves deeply into it – and there’s a lot of our story in the book – that fills the void, challenges assumptions. “

Nicholas Ward, 21, is the young member of the festival’s board of directors. Visual artist and activist, Ward served on a youth panel on repairs at a festival pop-up event in 2021. He will participate in a panel on reflections on salt this year with UWI Aisha students From Bique and Dawn-Marie Alexander.

Ward, a graduate of UWI in Ste Madeleine, said that African movable slavery and colonialism in the Caribbean left “psychosocial effects” that resonate today, including the “demonization of African spirituality and the perception of European hegemony “in the cultural and economic spheres.

Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, UWI Vice-Chancellor and Chairman of the Caricom Reparations Commission, will open the salt celebration with greetings and comments. Beckles is the author of the 2013 book Britain’s Black Debt: Reparations for Caribbean Slavery and Native Genocide.

Nicholas Ward, a young board member of the Black Consciousness Festival, will participate in a panel on Reflections on Salt to mark the 25th anniversary of Earl Lovelace’s book. –

The Black Consciousness Festival kicked off on November 13 and runs daily until November 21. In its second year, the festival has 26 conversations and five workshops on a variety of topics, including black spirituality, the creative arts, transformative Afro-centric governance, and herbalism. Online festival registration is free and open to the public. Registrants will have free access during the festival to a movie playlist curated by the premium black audiovisual content streaming platform, through a partnership with kweliTV.

25th anniversary program of Salt:

12 p.m .: Commentary by Professor Sir Hilary Beckles

1 p.m .: Revisiting Salt with Earl Lovelace in conversation with Erica Ashton.

3 p.m .: Salt’s Impact on Education and Art, a conversation with Wendell Manwarren and Professor Supriya Nair.

5 p.m .: Reflections on salt with Nicholas Ward, Aisha De Bique and Dawn-Marie Alexander.

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