Peggy Brunache, Graham Fagen, and Michael Morris were invited to attend the historic signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between University of the West Indies and the University of Glasgow on 21 August 2019.
The Memorandum launches a program of ‘reparative justice’ including the founding of a new Glasgow- Caribbean research centre and the unveiling of a plaque acknowledging Robert Bogle of Gilmorehill as an enslaver and honouring those who ‘suffered enslavement’.
This follows a report written by Dr Stephen Mullen and Prof Simon Newman into the slave origins of some of the wealth donated to the university. The Report can be found here .
Prof Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice Chancellor of UWI and Chairman of Caricom Reparations Commission, spoke movingly about relevance of the Haitian revolution which Slavery Remembrance Day commemorates each 21 August. Finally, the Makar Jackie Kay read a new poem for the occasion.