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19th Annual Awards Gala 2016

AFUWI 19th Annual Awards Gala 2016

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GUEST POST: Again ‘Facing the Challenge of a New Age’; Reflecting on 50 years after Martin Luther King in Jamaica

GUEST POST by Dr E. Anthony Allen
I entered the University of the West Indies in 1960 as a medical student. This fledgling institution was then only twelve years old. During my time there I had the privilege of associating with other ‘students of the sixties’. As we walked the campus paths we prepared ourselves and dreamed of a future. Eventually, together with staff, relatives and well-wishers, we gathered in the Assembly Hall in June 1965 for a very special Valedictory Service. The Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would deliver the sermon.

Festival of Nine Lessons @ UWI

The Christmas season is traditionally celebrated at the UWI with gatherings and concerts but most solemnly with one of four annual official services: the Festival of Nine Lessons with Carols which packs the University Chapel on the second Sunday of December at 7pm. The Cave Hill campus also celebrates it and,since 2008, there has been a similar service in Montego Bay, for the UWI Mona Western Jamaica Campus.

CHURCHES AT UWI MONA

Within a couple of years of the University (College) of the West Indies starting up in 1948, officials of the Anglican and Catholic communities were proposing the establishment of separate church facilities on the Mona campus site where the regional university was founded in Jamaica. In 1951, the college was already leaning towards establishing a single non-denominational place of worship. This would come to pass with the completion of the re-located and re-purposed Georgian rum storehouse, dedicated in 1960 and now known widely as the University Chapel.

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