Submitted by BLACK EMPOWERMENT ASSOCIATION
Writing on behalf of the group BLACK ENPOWERMENT ASSOCIATION we are inviting the media to attend “Bussa Outrage clean up –project”. As a group that has at its core socio-political and spiritual empowerment of African people it is one of the first community projects we will be embarking.
As a symbol of us breaking the chains of slavery at Emancipation it is shameful how little it has been taken care of. A mere 5 weeks ago it was Emancipation day in Barbados and the area is overgrown with weeds, overrun with snails and debris. The words on the sign are completely illegible in some places and missing all together in other places. What is also an issue is the access to the statue, which is an obstacle course of dodging vehicles just to end up in knee high grass and illegible signage.
It was an embarrassment to us and should be for all of Barbados that our guest, Toyin Agbetu, who is not only a tourist (on his honeymoon), but a British African social rights activist and founder of the Pan-African group Ligali had to see our Emancipation statue is such condition Barbados ought to be ashamed after recently becoming a world heritage site that this is how we present one of our “National heroes”.
Therefore on Sunday, September 2nd, 2012, at 7am, we the BLACK EMPOWERMENT ASSOCIATION will be cleaning the roundabout that houses the BUSSA statue.