Resolution J1126-2013

Commemorating the 47th Anniversary of the Independence of Barbados

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  • Apr 17, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Apr 17, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Apr 5, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commemorating the 47th Anniversary of the Inde-
pendence of Barbados

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize  and  pay
just  tribute  to  the  cultural  heritage  of  the  ethnic groups which
comprise and contribute to the richness and diversity of  the  community
of the State of New York; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant  to such concern, and in keeping with its time-ho-
nored traditions, it is the intent of this Legislative Body  to  commem-
orate the 47th Anniversary of the Independence of Barbados; and
  WHEREAS,   The  celebration  of  Barbados'  independence  affirms  the
culture, identity and self-esteem of a people; it honors a rich heritage
and illuminates Barbadian history and tradition, as well as  the  spirit
of an indomitable people; and
  WHEREAS,  The people of this great State and nation and Barbados enjoy
a deep and abiding relationship rooted in kinship and culture, and  many
New Yorkers proudly trace their own roots to Barbados; and
  WHEREAS,  After  the  first  English  settlement  at Holetown in 1627,
Barbados remained a British colony  until  achieving  independence  from
Britain on November 30, 1966; and
  WHEREAS,  The first to arrive in Barbados were British sailors looking
for water supplies for their voyage from South America to England in the
year of 1625; in 1627 and 1628, British settlers came to the island  and
took  control; the natives were then made slaves of the British who used
them to plant sugar cane alongside slaves brought from Africa; and
  WHEREAS, Several slave rebellions were planned  during  British  rule,
but none were successful; the number of African slaves that were brought
from  African nations increased as time passed, and in the 18th century,
most of the population of  Barbados  was  black,  a  contrast  from  the
English and Scottish-Irish predominance from the previous century; and
  WHEREAS,  In 1834, slavery was abolished throughout the British Empire
with Barbados included; however, it was not until  the  1930s  that  the
descendants  of  slaves began fighting for equal rights within Barbados;
and
  WHEREAS, The problem was exacerbated as British  farmers  still  main-
tained  political  control  of  the island; in 1949, control was wrested
away from the British, and Sir Grantley Adams, founder of  the  Barbados
Labour Party, became the first Premier of Barbados in 1958; and
  WHEREAS, Barbados was then a self-governing colony of the British, and
Sir  Grantley Adams started negotiations for the country's independence;
it was eventually granted on November 30,  1966,  and  that  same  year,
Barbados  became  part of the Commonwealth of Nations; a year later, the
island was granted a seat at the United Nations and the Organization  of
American States; and
  WHEREAS,  The  47th  Anniversary of Barbados' Independence provides an
opportunity to recognize the significance of their contributions to  the
quality  and  character of life, and, through events and activities, for
all people to gain a  greater  appreciation  of  Barbados'  history  and
traditions, and of the role Barbadians have played, and will continue to
play, in our society; and
  WHEREAS,  This Legislative Body is pleased to have this opportunity to
recognize such events of significance  which  foster  ethnic  pride  and
exemplify  the  cultural  diversity  that represents and strengthens the
fabric of the people and the State of New York; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commemorate the 47th Anniversary of the Independence of Barbados.

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