Today marks a climax in a movement of young Grenadians that inspired thousands across the island and millions worldwide. Our revolution, which started on this day March 13th 1979 was not about one man, as incredible as Maurice Bishop was, the Grenada Revolution was a movement made & supported by many activists and everyday people (like the ones in this photo) who believed in their own ability to change their world. We cannot forget the countless Grenadians who decided that business as usual was not enough… our parents, grandparents, aunts & uncles, cousins, neigbours, godparents and siblings. Lone heroes make great symbols but movements are always made by collectives of people who, for at least a moment, come together for a common vision of change. The idea that huge social change relied solely on single exceptional individuals like Maurice Bishop, Julien Fédon, Walter Rodney, Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Angela Davis, Martin Luther King Jr etc. can freeze us into inaction. We might think that their shoes are too big to fill. We may think that we are not [fill in the blank] enough to make a change. But, we are not alone and neither were these visionaries.
In fact, an upcoming film currently fundraising on kickstarter called The House on CoCo Road by Damani Baker is about his mother, Fannie Haughton, who was an activist alongside Angela Davis. Fannie was so inspired by the Grenada Revolution during her 1982 visit with Angela that she moved with her kids to Grenada to accept a position in the Ministry of Education. Back this film if you can, or at least share the campaign with your networks because these intergenerational stories have to be told. Last year we screened an extended trailer of The House on CoCo Road for our Caribbean Short Film night during Phase N°1 of Forgetting is Not an Option our ongoing cultural memory project. This has taken the form of a series of events and collaborations inspired by the Grenada Revolution and it’s implications for the present. Last week we collaborated with the Grenada National Museum to launch Dr. Shalini Puri’s latest publication, The Grenada Revolution in the Caribbean Present: Operation Urgent Memory and we have more Forgetting is Not An Option events coming up before March is over!
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Written by me & published originally by Groundation Grenada