Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, current Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines will deliver a keynote address to an international symposium on The Future of Democracy & Development in Africa and the Caribbean at the Metropolitan AME Church, one of Washington DC’s most historic African-American institutions (1518 M Street, NW).
Gonsalves will speak at the Opening Session on October 17 at 7 pm and as a leading proponent of the growing reparations movement in the Caribbean region, he is expected to draw connections between future socio-economic development and the current demands of CARICOM (the 15-nation Caribbean community of states) for reparations from European countries. This session is free and open to the public.
“We are delighted to be hosting this important international gathering,” said Rev. Ronald Braxton, senior pastor of the Metropolitan AME Church, which is celebrating its 175th anniversary this year. “It is fitting that these deliberations be held here given that several of our members are former US diplomats who have served in Africa and the Caribbean, that Presidents Obama and Clinton have worshiped in our sanctuary in the past and that the church hall where the symposium will be held is named in honor of the great 19th Century abolitionist and orator Frederick Douglass, who often gave speeches at this church.”The symposium’s opening session will be streamed live and later archived for on-demand retrieval on IBW’s Web site—http://www.ibw21.org.