BFUWI was delighted to co-sponsor an event at the Barbados High Commission celebrating the life and work of Sir Frederick Smith, Barbados' first Attorney-General. There was a stimulating discussion about his new biography (co-written by his nephew Alan Smith) between Alan and Professor Richard Drayton of King's College, London on the creation of independent statehood for the island nation of Barbados. Barbados became independent on 30 November 1966.
Sir Hilary Beckles, Professor Harry Goulbourne and Ms. Esther Stanford-Xosie participated in what proved to be a stimulating discussion on the Caribbean's claim to reparations from Britain for slavery. The event was moderated by Mr Hal Austin, senior editor with the Financial Times.