[xml][/xml]
The Bahamas Weekly Facebook The Bahamas Weekly Twitter
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates Last Updated: May 7, 2015 - 7:57:38 AM


Majority Rule one of the most important events in The Bahamas’ history
By Llonella Gilbert, BIS
Jan 7, 2013 - 5:38:10 PM

Email this article
 Mobile friendly page

Majority_Rule_Day.JPG
Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Gladstone Christie (centre) attended a press conference January 7, where plans were announced for a special assembly at all public schools on Thursday, January 10, for Majority Rule Day. Also present at left: Veteran broadcaster, entrepreneur and promoter of all things Bahamian, Charles Carter; and at right, Minister of Education, Science and Technology the Hon. Jerome K. Fitzgerald. (BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay)

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Gladstone Christie said persons residi
ng in The Bahamas have tended not to see the importance of celebrating Majority Rule, even though it is arguably the most important event in the country’s history with the exception of the Abolition of Slavery and Independence.

Speaking at a press conference concerning the 46th Anniversary of Majority Rule at his West Bay Street Office, Monday, January 7, Prime Minister Christie said it is time for the decision to be made as to whether or not to make Majority Rule a public holiday.

“This is the 40th anniversary [of Independence] and this will be the time for the decision to be made with respect to putting in its rightful place that date and that event and the ensuing experience of our commonwealth.”

The Prime Minister added that the 40th anniversary committee and the Government of The Bahamas would also give full consideration to, this year, implementing a Bahamian National Honours System.

He also announced that Jack Thompson, former Director of Immigration, has been reassigned to the Cabinet Office with particular directions to assume the Chief Administrative Position in the Secretariat for the 40th Anniversary.  William Pratt will act as Director of Immigration.

Minister of Education, Science and Technology the Hon. Jerome K. Fitzgerald, veteran broadcaster, entrepreneur and promoter of all things Bahamian, Charles Carter and Mr. Thompson were also in attendance at the press conference.

Minister Fitzgerald said that as the country celebrates its 40th Anniversary, all 173 public schools will observe on the anniversary of Majority Rule Day, January 10, a special assembly from 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

“We will emphasise the importance of this date and pay tribute to the courageous men and women who sacrificed much for the benefits we enjoy today,” the Education Minister said.

The recognition of the historical day will become a permanent event on the Education calendar marked by a special assembly, he added.

“It is imperative that our students know the history of their freedom.  They must know of such events as the Burma Road Riot, the General Strike, the Women Suffrage Movement, Black Tuesday and the organisation of the Labour Movement,” Minister Fitzgerald said.

“They must know of the uncompromising principles and courage of individuals who fought against the tide of oppression, so that all Bahamians could enjoy the right to vote, freedom of movement and equal pay for a day’s work.”

He invited all parents, politicians, church and community leaders who are able to attend the special assembly to go and show their support.

“The special assembly will be student driven and moderated by students under the theme ‘Let the Children Tell the Story – Majority Rule Day’.”

He explained that the students have been asked, “What is the historical significance of January 10, 1967 and how did it change the educational, social, political and economic landscape of The Bahamas?”

Minister Fitzgerald said it is anticipated that there will be displays and exhibits with appropriate written pieces on the “courageous Freedom Fighters”.


Bookmark and Share




© Copyright 2013 by thebahamasweekly.com

Top of Page

Receive our Top Stories



Preview | Powered by CommandBlast

Bahamas Information Services Updates
Latest Headlines
Bahamas to Join Global Community in Taking ‘Stand Against Ageism’
Darville Encourages BACO to Assist in Maintaining Solid Financial Frameworks
PM Christie Speaks to Abaco's Increasing Number of Business Developments
Chinese Ambassador pays courtesy call on Minister for Grand Bahama
Fort Charlotte Urban Renewal and CC Sweeting Students Carry Out Johnson Park Cleanup
Bahamas Gov't responds to International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) Leak
PM Christie Lauds Abaco's Air and Boating Tourism Sectors
Juliette Barnwell saluted as a champion of the elderly
New Straw Markets in Cat Island, Harbour Island; NIB Sub-Office for Nassau’s Downtown Straw Market
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre calls on Bahamas Governor General
Bahamas ‘Committed’ to Maintaining High Standards
Bahamas Gov't to Address Concerns of Elderly with New Legislation
Attorney General responds to the Nolle Prosequi of the private prosecution against Sandals managers
CARICOM Regional Standards Being Developed at Local Workshop
Bahamian Straw Vendors, Wood Carvers Recognized
University of Miami Health System CEO Pays Courtesy Call on Prime Minister Christie
Darville Welcomes the Chinese Ambassador to Grand Bahama
Prime Minister Christie's Remarks at Abaco Business Outlook
Remarks by Minister Hope Strachan at The Nassau Conference 2016
Long Island Voter Registration for the 2017 General Election Underway
PM Christie Addresses UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants
Waitrose recalls its Orange & Milk Chocolate Cookies due to undeclared hazelnut
Olympians Pedrya Seymour and Stephen Newbold Call on the Governor General
NewCo carries out recruitment exercise on Grand Bahama
Marion Bethel Addresses the UN Bureau of Women's Affairs
Bahamas PM remarks at United Nations Summit on Refugees and Migrants
Bahamas Civil Aviation issues warning regarding Samsung Galaxy Note 7
Governor General Attends Straw and Wood Craft Workers Appreciation Service
Bahamas Gov't to exercise "greater scrutiny" in Inagua around immigration laws
BAMSI Developments Towards Food Security
PM Christie to Lead Delegation to 71st Regular Session of UN General Assembly
Bahamas Gaming Board Conducts Leadership Training
Clarification on cost allocation of the Potter’s Cay redevelopment project
Transport Minister Tours the Works at Potter’s Cay
The Bahamas' First Ambassador to Qatar and UAE Appointed
East Hill St. Post Office closed til further notice due to plumbing issues
Rotary of South-East Nassau Donates Rehabilitation Equipment to Public Hospitals Authority
NAD Announces Career Moves for Maintenance Team Members
Grandeur Association calls on the Governor General
Bahamas State of Qatar and UAE Ambassador HE Tony Joudi Presented Instruments of Appointment