JIS News

Vice Chancellor Emeritus of the University of the West Indies, Professor Rex Nettleford has pointed out that the history of the Caribbean region could be traced to what he termed “the process of cross-fertilization of the Americas” which began in the 15th Century.
He was delivering the second installment in the Caribbean Lecture Series on, ‘The Caribbean Diversity: A Defining Point in the History of the Americas’, at the Schomburg Centre for Research in Black Culture, Harlem recently.
According to Professor Nettleford, “The Caribbean shares in the great drama of the Americas whereby new societies are shaped, new and delicately tuned sensibilities are honed and appropriate designs for social living are crafted through the cross-fertilization of disparate elements”.
Such a process he said, “is intensely cultural, resulting in a distinguishable and distinctive entity called Caribbean, which makes it possible to establish a number of regional institutions sharing a common vision for socio-economic, political and educational development.
Professor Nettleford noted that the convergence of Africa and Europe on foreign soil, combined with the indigenous Native Americans and the “latter-day arrivals from Asia and the Middle East, resulted in a culture of texture and diversity, held together by a dynamic creativity severally described as creative chaos, stable dis-equilibrium or cultural pluralism”.
He told the large audience that while many comprehended the phenomenon of the creative diversity that has helped to shape and define the region, those failing to grasp its worth could only be described as “un-Caribbean”.
Consul General of Jamaica, to New York, Dr. Basil K. Bryan, hailed the presentation as a major contribution toward the building of the Jamaican Diaspora.
“A lecture such as this, is an enormous contribution to the Diaspora, to raise the level of consciousness in our people and to inspire and motivate them to a new awareness of self and the tremendous contribution to the development of Harlem and in fact, the entire United States made by people from Jamaica and other parts of the Caribbean,” Dr. Bryan said.
Also in attendance were, Stephen Hill,Chief Executive Officer of CIN TV; Howard Dodson, Executive Director of the Schomburg Centre; Una Clarke, former NYC Council-member, and Michelle Wilson-Reynolds, Vice President of Capital and Credit Merchant Bank.
The Caribbean Lecture Series was presented by Caribbean International Network (CIN) TV, a cable medium offering more than 20 hours of programming per week to New York City residents via the NYC Crosswalk Network, Channel 73.
Corporate supporters of the lecture series included; Capital and Credit Financial Group, the Gleaner Company (USA) Limited, WWRL Radio, 1600 AM, and The Door Restaurant.