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Emancipation Day activities kick off with walk

TRE GREAVES, tregreaves@nationnews.com

Added 01 August 2017

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Participants in this year's Emancipation Walk making their way along the highway. (Pictures by Reco Moore.)

THE ANNUAL EMANCIPATION Day Walk today attracted scores of people who marched from the Emancipation Statue (commonly known as Bussa) to Blenheim Pasture, St Michael.

The activity was attended by number of groups including the Spiritual Baptist Church, the Pan-African Coalition of Organisations, the African Heritage Foundation and the Venezuelan Embassy.

Many of the participants dressed in their African garb arrived at the starting point just before 7 a.m. for a session filled with lively prayers, songs and some dancing.

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Following the spirited demonstration, the police briefly blocked part of the Errol Barrow Highway to allow free movement of the participants and led them as they beat drums and sang through several neighbourhoods in the Ivy.

An “Emancipation Village” has been set up at Blenheim with vendors selling craft, jewellery, clothing, literature, drinks and local and African food.

As part of the Bongani Festival, patrons will be treated to holistic healing arts such as yoga and reiki, as well as information booths on the various Pan-African organisations.

Entertainment in the forms of dance, drum, spoken word and song will be featured during the day’s events, which will culminate at 6 p.m. (TG)

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