Around the Globe: Jamaica Celebrates Emancipation Day

"Each year, the Emancipation celebrations give us an opportunity to reflect on the struggle of our ancestors for freedom, against a system that denied them their dignity and humanity, often through brutally oppressive and violent means. It must have been a euphoric day, today the first of August, 180 years ago, when our forebear gathered in their village, and churches to rejoice and give thanks." - Jamaica's Prime Minister Andrew Holness

Around the Globe: Jamaica Celebrates Emancipation Day

Jamaica is celebrating more than 100 years of liberation on the 21st annual Emancipation Day. Starting in the mid-1800s, the African colonies in the Caribbean were freed from slavery. Throughout the Caribbean, emancipation allowed natives to slowly piece together lives that were shattered by British colonization. In the early 1960s, Jamaica gained independence from the […]

This Day in Workers’ History

The 211th birthday of Ira Aldridge, an African-American Shakespearean actor who denounced slavery and supported abolitionism through theater.

This Day in Workers’ History

BROOKLYN (Workers World Today)  – Today, 24 July 2018, commemorates the 211th birthday of Ira Aldridge, an African-American Shakespearean actor who denounced slavery and supported abolitionism through theater. Aldridge, who was born in the early 1800s to free blacks in New York City began his career as an actor with the African Grove Company, one of […]