Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2020. 9:56 am CST.
By BBN Staff: To commemorate the 101 anniversary of the 1919 Belize Black Revolution, the United Black Association for Development (UBAD) Educational Foundation (UEF) will be hosting digital remembrance in honor of the Belizeans who took a stand against white supremacy at home and abroad.
The event, which will be streamed at 10:15 a.m. on the website https://1919revolution.weebly.com/, will feature Belizeans reading the names of the 332 Belizean men who fought in World War 1 in Europe under the British West Indies Regiment.
Yaya Marin Coleman of the UEF explained that the names on the list were the driving force behind the 1919 riots of July 22nd and 223rd in Belize, in response to their returning to Belize from war to be met with prejudice due to the color of their skin.
“This knowledge is relevant to Belizeans today because if you don’t know where you come from and you don’t know who you are, you will accept whatever is said about you,” Coleman said.
She stressed that systems of racism are still very alive in Belize today and the ultimate downfall of those systems will come with the educating of Belizeans and getting them to a state of mental awareness where they can have difficult discussions about the past and what is needed to move forward.
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