Roseau, July 22nd, 2011 – The Waitukubuli Ecological Foundation (WEF) in collaboration with the Citizen’s Forum announces a trio of special emancipation events to mark Emancipation Day – Monday August 1st, 2011 under the theme NEVER AGAIN SLAVERY.

The first of the three events – the National Emancipation Hike – will follow the route of Jacko’s Flat, where the National Emancipation Hikes began in 2000.

The National Emancipation Hike will honour and pay homage to the brave freedom fighters during the long period of slavery whose intrepid valour helped put an end to the scourge of slavery and established a great legacy of the struggle for the freedom of our people. Associated with this struggle are the names of Jacko, Bala, Congorée, among others – our ancestors who, by our tribute on that day, we will crown with glory.

Jacko was probably the most famous of these Maroons and so this year we will pay special tribute to him and all the countless Africans who made the continuation of slavery impossible in the Americas.

All persons interested in the Emancipation Hike are asked to get in touch with Bernard Wiltshire, at 54 King George V Street, Roseau, Tel 245 8598; email

Event number two is the Emancipation Relay Run through which athletes symbolizing the strength, vitality and endurance of our young nation will carry the Emancipation Torch from Jacko Flats, where the two rivers meet, to an assembly of patriots at Hillsborough united around the cause of emancipating today’s Dominica from the growing threats of mental and economic slavery

In event number 3 – The Emancipation Forum – the assembly of Dominican patriots, with the affirmation NEVER AGAIN SLAVERY and a vision of equal opportunity for all will renew Dominica’s commitment to the high ideals of truth, righteousness, justice and freedom of the human spirit.