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Emancipation Day 2023 Message from the Leader of the Opposition, Mark J. Golding, MP


Embracing Emancipation – A Message of Hope and Unity

Today our Nation commemorates the 185th anniversary of Jamaica’s Emancipation.

Emancipation Day holds profound significance for our nation. It serves as a powerful reminder of the sacrifices made by our ancestors in their pursuit of freedom and justice, and of the ongoing struggle for reparatory justice for the descendants of enslaved peoples here in Jamaica and around the world.

The struggle for emancipation was not an easy road. It was paved with the blood, sweat, and tears of those who endured unimaginable suffering. Our ancestors’ unwavering spirit and determination inspire us to carry their legacy forward.

Today, we honour the resilience and determination of our ancestors who, through indomitable courage and resilience, shattered the chains of bondage and ignited the flame of freedom that continues to burn brightly in our hearts.

Emancipation Day symbolizes not just the end of physical enslavement, but also the beginning of a quest for liberation in its fullest sense – economic, social and indeed mental freedom. Therefore, today we also reflect on the work that still lies ahead to achieve true equality for all Jamaicans.

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