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Maurice Bishop tribute at US event

Regional 13 Apr, 2023 Follow News

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Grenada’s Prime Minister Dickon Mitchel will speak at the State of the Black World Conference next week and make a tribute to Maurice Bishop, the former Prime Minister who was murdered in a coup in 1983.

Mitchell will offer a ‘Tribute to Maurice Bishop’ at the April 19-23 event in Baltimore, according to the organisers, and will also participate in the Global Black Leaders Summit breakfast.

Bishop and his New Jewel Movement took power in Grenada in a coup in 1979, deposing then-Prime Minister Sir Eric Gairy. Bishop was Prime Minister of the People’s Revolutionary Government until he was deposed and executed in a palace coup.

Dr Ron Daniels is president of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century and Convenor of the State of the Black World Conference. He said: “The Grenada revolution, led by Maurice Bishop, was an inspiration to progressive Pan Africanists all over the world. It is heartening to see that Prime Minister Dickon Mitchell has called for a national memorial honouring Bishop’s life and legacy.”

 “We are delighted and honoured to have PM Mitchell speak at the event, especially to pay tribute to one of his predecessors, who gave his life for the advancement of the Grenadian people in October 1983,” said Don Rojas, the IBW director of communications and international relations and former press secretary to Maurice Bishop.

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