The People’s Parliament: Sixty years of Parliamentary Democracy in Barbados, will be the topic under discussion, when the final in a two-part series commemorating the 375th Anniversary of Parliament is held this week.
The lecture will be delivered by Lecturer at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies, Historian Dr. Henderson Carter, on Wednesday, November 12, at Frank Collymore Hall, Church Village, Bridgetown, at 7:00 p.m.
Dr. Carter will focus on the coming of adult suffrage in 1951, and the resultant changes which propelled national development. These changes include access to education and health care, national insurance and the commencement of a light manufacturing sector.
The lecture will also discuss key parliamentary debates, such as the Tenantry Freehold Purchase Act, the Day of National Significance (1977), the National Heroes Debate (1998) and the 2007 debate on the Bicentennial of the Abolition of the Slave Trade.
Dr. Carter has delivered public lectures on Sarah Ann Gill, Panama migration, corporate expansion from Barbados, Clement Payne and the 1937 rebellion, Black businesses and Riots in Bridgetown in the 19th century.
He has also delivered conference papers at the annual meeting of the Business History Conference in March 2012 and March 2014.