Category: Black History News

SENATE PRESIDENT: Today Marks The Beginning Of Virgin Islands History Month

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Senate President Kenneth Gittens said that today, March 1st, marks the beginning of Virgin Islands History Month. Act 6802, sponsored by former Senator Shawn-Michael Malone in 2006, created the month-long recognition of Virgin Islands history and history makers. “Each March we have the opportunity to revisit our important and interesting local history,” […]

Senator Blyden Suggests People Celebrate Black History All Year Round

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Senator Marvin Blyden said he will join millions of people of African descent around the world in celebrating Black History Month during the month of February. Black History Month begins today February 1. Blyden urged Virgin Islanders to celebrate and study Black History and the historical and cultural impact of black people […]

St. Thomas Senator Leads The Community In Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Day 2019

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Senator Marvin Blyden said he joins the Virgin Islands community in celebrating the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, urging all Virgin Islanders to live by the principles Dr. King embodied. “At a time when so many people, from young men on our streets to officials at the highest levels of […]

Slave Wrecks Archeology Project Will Present St. Croix Findings At UVI On Thursday

[ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] FREDERIKSTED — Five members of the Slave Wrecks Project-St. Croix will give an update of the findings from their research about the slave trade and its history here. The presentation will take place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday on the St. Croix campus of the University of the Virgin Islands at […]

FOOD & DRINK: It’s Always A Good Time of Year To Enjoy A Sorrel Drink Here

CHRISTIANSTED — This drink has been a force on the St. Croix scene for donkey years. Visit the homes of any Virgin Islands families especially during the holiday season and you will be sure to find a pitcher or two of this chilled, crimson-colored drink sitting pretty. Popularly known as a health food drink, sorrel […]

St. Thomas Sitting Senator Janelle Sarauw Nominated for NBC Out’s Gay Pride Award

[ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Janelle K. Sarauw, 32, is the youngest female senator in the U.S. Virgin Islands and is thought to be the legislating body’s only openly LGBTQ lawmaker. After a successful campaign focused on government accountability and transparency, the St. Thomas native was elected in an April 2017 special […]

Gov. Mapp Congratulates New Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley on Win

[ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] CHARLOTTE AMALIE – U.S. Virgin Islands Governor Kenneth Mapp has congratulated Barbados’ new Prime Minister Mia Mottley on her election victory last week. Governor Mapp congratulated the new Prime Minister on the strong mandate she received at the polls, and shared the Territory’s commitment to continue working with Barbados and […]

Mapp Says Today Is African Liberation Day As Part of V.I. African Heritage Week

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Governor Kenneth Mapp said that he recognizes May 25, 2018 as a day to honor and respect people of African ancestry with international cultural heritage observances celebrating freedom movements by recognizing Virgin Islands African Heritage Week and African Liberation Day in May. Enacted through Act 5473 of 1989 pursuant to Title 1, Chapter 11, Section 192, […]

British PM Theresa May Apologizes to Caribbean Countries for UK Treatment of Post-War Migrants

[ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] LONDON — Prime Minister Theresa May apologized to 12 Caribbean nations on Tuesday for immigration officials’ harsh treatment of people from those countries who migrated to Britain as children after World War II. The “Windrush generation” were invited to Britain to plug labor shortfalls between 1948 and 1971, but some […]

Queen Mary Sculpture in Denmark By St. Croix Artist Takes Virgin Islands History Back To Motherland

[ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] COPENHAGEN — A Trinidad and Tobago artist has made history by collaborating to create the first public monument to a black woman in Denmark. Tobago-born, St. Croix-based artist, La Vaughn Belle, collaborated with Copenhagen-based Jeannette Ehlers, to create “I Am Queen Mary,” a tribute to Mary Thomas, a 19th-century freedom fighter who […]