Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

The Introduction of Saint Lucian Students to the Ancient World African Community

Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

The Introduction of Saint Lucian Students to the Ancient World African Community

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This article is a revised version of a paper the writer presented at the Seventeenth Cheikh Anta Diop Conference, convened September 30 to October 1, 2005 by the Association for Nubian and Kemetic Heritage (ANKH) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. It reports on a project in which the writer has introduced the history of the World African Community to people in Saint Lucia in the Eastern Caribbean. The project covers the history from the beginning of human life in Africa to the coming of members of the Community to the Caribbean and other parts of the western hemisphere. The paper marks the 10th anniversary of the launching of the project at Vieux Fort Comprehensive Secondary School (VFCSS) in Saint Lucia in May and June of 1995. Since then, the writer has introduced the history directly (in lectures and special presentations) and indirectly (through teachers of history) to more than 1,500 young learners in secondary schools, directly (in lectures) to more than 250 learners in adult education programs, and indirectly (through newspaper articles and radio and television appearances), to other audiences, in Saint Lucia.

The writer dedicates the article to the late S. Wayne Louis. With fellow history teachers Sylvester Clauzel and Lydia Sadoo, he collaborated in the launching of the project at VFCSS. Up until his passing almost three years later, he was extremely active in the promotion of an understanding of the history among students in the school, students in other schools, and the general community.

Humphrey A. Regis (, Professor in the Department of Mass Communications at Winston Salem State University in Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA, has been a teacher and a journalist in Saint Lucia and the United States for over thirty years. He studies the relationships between mass communication and cultural domination by re-importation/re-exportation, orientation to reference groups, and location in global social space. He also studies the relationships between the knowledge of the ancient World African Community and the understanding of People of African Descent in the Caribbean.


Over the past decade, in Saint Lucia in the Eastern Caribbean, young students in secondary schools, older learners in adult education, and other persons in the general community have given their reactions to their introduction to the early history of the World African Community.

The reactions of the younger students suggest that their education system may provide this introduction by (1) helping them understand all aspects of the history, (2) preparing them to appreciate unexpected aspects of it, (3) preparing them to understand lessons they may learn from painful aspects of it, (4) making available resources they need as they secure details of it, and (5) developing approaches to establishing, certifying, and rewarding their mastery of it.

The reactions of the older learners in adult education and the general community suggest that the system may serve them by presenting the study of the history as an experience that gives voice to their unstated but extremely highly internalized sense of the existence of the history.


Since the islands of the English-speaking Eastern Caribbean assumed direct control of the formal education of their citizens, they have tried to reshape that education in a number of ways. First, they have established local agencies--such as community colleges (Peters, 1993)--that they believe meet the needs of the citizens better than those they inherited from their colonial dominators. Second, they have established regional agencies--such as the Caribbean Examinations Council--that they believe meet the needs better. Third, they have reshaped the education to make it focus more on the region than on other parts of the world (for example, see the Caribbean Primary Social Studies series published by Heinemann). …

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