UCL-Institute of the Americas (UCL-IA) is delighted to host Selwyn Strachan, founding member of Grenada's New Jewel Movement (NJM) and a central figure in the People's Revolutionary Government (PRG). Selwyn will discuss the significance of the Grenada Revolution (1979-1983) in the light of its profound impact on the wider Caribbean region.
Selwyn Strachan has been involved in Grenadian and broader Caribbean political struggles since the early 1970s. A founding member of the New Jewel Movement that ultimately toppled premier Eric Gairy in 1979, Strachan was appointed Minister of Communications, Works and Labour and later Minister of National Mobilisation in the People's Revolutionary Government. A key figure on the Central Committee, Strachan spoke at the United Nations and represented Grenada in the international arena.
In the aftermath of the US invasion of Grenada in 1983, Strachan was imprisoned along with other government and military figures for their alleged roles in the deaths of Maurice Bishop and 7 others at Fort Rupert in October 1983. As one of the 'Grenada 17', Strachan spent nearly 26 years in prison, and was finally released from Richmond Hill prison on the 5th September 2009. During his years of incarceration, a worldwide campaign sought his release from prison. Amnesty International declared him a political prisoner, stating that his arrest had been a miscarriage of justice and his trial 'fatally flawed'. He gained a postgraduate diploma in English Commercial Law from the University of London in 2000 and has been actively engaged in the Prison Education Programme in Grenada.
Attendance is free of charge but registration is required.
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UCL - Institute of the Americas
co-ordinating teaching and research on the Western Hemisphere. Its
wide coverage of the Americas includes the United States and Latin
America, the Caribbean and Canada, offering an opportunity to acquire
in-depth and multi-disciplinary knowledge of the Americas that is
unique in Europe.