On August 1st, 1984 the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago tolled a resounding bell, becoming the first country to elevate the observance of Emancipation Day, to official recognition of it as a Public Holiday. The recognition is not meant to merely serve as a remembrance of the abolition of Chattel Slavery; Emancipation Day should consciously serve to create and develop a unique sense of unity, cooperation and understanding among Africans the world over, as well as among all people of conscience. It is imperative that on August 1st, annually, a unified front gives thanks and praise to great ancestors who featured prominently in the emancipation process. The ancestors have paved the way with their glowing spirits, determination and purpose: the true essence of emancipation. We continue to never forget, and allow their blood, sweat and tears to continue to inform our lives as we face the challenges of today and the future.