AfricaNow! September 13, 2017
Topics: Remembering Steve Biko & Hurricane Irma Devastates the Caribbean
Topics and Guests: The month of August and early September 2017 witnessed heavier than expected rainfall in numerous places across the globe. In areas in Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and the United States rains brought massive flooding, displacement of people and deaths. Hurricane Harvey caused the deaths of 70 people in Texas. Its successor, Hurricane Irma in early September has so far been attributed to 34-37 deaths in the Caribbean and 12 have died in the U.S. Hurricane Irma devastated southeastern United States particularly Florida. Irma’s wrath in the Caribbean was particularly felt in Anguilla, Barbuda, British and U.S. Virgin Islands, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and St. Martin. Today AfricaNow! focuses on the impact of Hurricane Irma on the Caribbean: first we feature a discussion between Caribbean journalist Mr. Julian Rogers and Mr. Von Martin Host and Executive Producer of Caribbeana on WPFW 89.3 in Washington, DC on September 9. That will be followed AfricaNow!'s conversation with Von Martin. Mr. Von Martin is Host and Executive Producer of Caribbeana on WPFW 89.3 in Washington, DC. Vonulrick “Von” Martin, has a track record of not only being a ‘community’ man but a professional media broadcaster with a career spanning over 45 years. He worked as the only English speaking broadcaster for the Organization of American States (OAS) for eighteen (18) years prior to retiring in 2008. Now he continues to be a broadcaster, producer and dean of Caribbean culture on a weekly basis through WPFW 89.3 FM airwaves and Caribbeana.org. In 2008 he founded, with his family, Caribbeana Communications Inc. to serve as the coalition and institution of Caribbean affairs and institutional arm of his earlier radio program called Caribbeana Radio. He founded Caribbeana Radio Services in 1975 and went on air in 1977 as one of the first radio personalities of WPFW 89.3 FM. Born in Port-of- Spain, Trinidad and living in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area in the United States for 40 years.
“The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.” Those are the words of South African liberation icon Steve Biko. Forty years ago, on September 12, 1977 Bantu Steve Biko was killed by apartheid South Africa police force while in custody. His widely regarded as the father Black Consciousness Movement, which rejuvenated liberation struggle in South Africa in the 1970s particularly among the youth; and today one sees echoes of this movement among the youth in South Africa in the Rhodes Must Fall/Fees Must Fall movement. Today AfricaNow! remembers with Steve Biko in his own words speaking about the Black Consciousness Movement.
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Originally broadcast on WPFW 89.3FM, Washington, DC. Tune into AfricaNow! live on WPFW 89.3 FM in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area or visit www.wpfwfm.org on Wednesdays from 1:00 to 2:00PM (Eastern).