The lecture, now into its 14th year, aims to pass on Wayne Louis’s legacy and contributions to youth development in Saint Lucia. Louis was the fifth president of the National Youth Council (NYC) and a youth activist who passed away tragically in a vehicular accident.
According to President of the Wayne Louis Foundation, George Charlemagne, Wayne Louis lives on particularly through the lecture series.
“The Foundation was set up by Wayne’s close friends and allies, to put it that way, whose major objective was to ensure that the things that Wayne believed in, the values that he believed in, the things that he loved would perpetuate, and one of the ways that we thought of doing that was to have this lecture series,” Charlemagne said.
This year’s lecture theme “The other 4%: Assessing the Indian presence in Saint Lucia from 1859 to the present,” was delivered by Saint Lucian Dr. Kyneata Joseph.
Dr. Joseph spoke extensively on Indian history in Saint Lucia, citing several examples and the importance of tracing the island’s Indian identity.
“So 13 ships carrying Indians docked in Saint Lucian waters over a 34- year period. In all, a total of 4,354 immigrants came to the island. So when Indians arrived in the colony they were distributed throughout the island. This is a very distinct feature of Indian indentured labour in places like Saint Lucia, Jamaica, Grenada and Saint Vincent,” Dr. Joseph said.
Dr. Joseph highlighted numerous contributions made by the Indians in areas such as food, public transportation and the establishment of the island’s first cinemas, among many others.