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Kathy MacLean MA.Ed @ Independent


Kathy MacLean was born in Dominica and lives in London where she has had a career in education for many years. She taught in both primary & secondary schools, at Goldsmiths' University, at UCL Institute of Education and was Head of Ethnic Minority Achievement for a London Borough. She has maintained close links with the Dominica and is passionate about its history and culture. She is currently Chair of the UK based charity Dominica Secondary School Supporters Association (DASSSA). Black Man Listen is her first book.

Geographical location : London

Research Area and Interest : Literacy, poetry, family history

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Race and the Legacies of Enslavement


J R Ralph Casimir and the UNIA in Dominica

Joseph Raphael Ralph Casimir (1898 – 1996), a man of humble origin from a small and little known West Indian island, became an influential member of the UNIA in Dominica and the wider Caribbean. This paper will describe the International and local injustices which motivated him to found a local Division of the organisation, as well as his drive to bring about change and affect the political development of his island. How under his influence and leadership, the Dominica Division of the U.N.I.A came to be regarded as the U.N.I.A’s strongest outpost in the English speaking Caribbean. It will examine the reasons contributing to the waning of the movement on the island and its absence from historical documents.

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