KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, April 18, IWN — Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves will today — Thursday — deliver a public lecture on the “The Making of a National Hero: The Law and Practice in St. Vincent and the Grenadines”.
The lecture is part of the on-going exercise to determine what person(s) should join Joseph Chatoyer as National Hero.
Chair of the National Heroes Committee, former minister of culture, Rene Baptiste, has said an announced could come as soon as Independence Day, Oct. 27.
The University of the West Indies Open Campus, the organizer o the lecture, said Gonsalves will take a critical look at the criteria for National Hero and explore the relationship between the law and the life and work of several outstanding Vincentians and lay out a case for the possible elevation of any of these national figures to the status of National Hero.
Gonsalves had originally chosen to speak on “National Hero Status: Consideration for McIntosh, Joshua and Cato”.
But he changed the topic in the wake of comments by former member of parliament and former attorney general, Parnell Campbell, who argued on his television programme that Gonsalves, while entitled to an opinion, should not make a case for any person, since he chairs Cabinet, which will make the final decision on who is declared a national hero.
The lecture forms part of a public education series organized by the Open Campus in collaboration with Joachim Associates and BDS Nice radio.
It takes place at the lecture Hall of the Open Campus at 6:30 p.m.