Dou­ble vol­ume on Prince Emanuel launched

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT - Mel Cooke Gleaner Writer

ON SUN­DAY even­ing, the Un­der­croft of the Univer­sity of the West In­dies (UWI), Mona, re­sounded with drum­ming and song to cap off the launch of a dou­ble vol­ume on Price Emanuel. Writ­ten by Ionie Matthews Wallace, The Black Christ Un­veil: The Bi­og­ra­phy & Phi­los­o­phy of

Prince Emanuel Charles Ed­wards (Vol­umes 1 and 2) was wel­comed by a gath­er­ing of pre­dom­i­nantly Rasta­far­i­ans.

Matthews Wallace be­ing vis­ually im­paired in­creased ad­mi­ra­tion for the au­thor and text in a launch mod­er­ated by Tekla Mek­fet, sev­eral per­sons speak­ing about the books’ im­por­tance. How­ever, one of them was able to speak more per­son­ally about the au­thor, and Edgar Wallace did so about his wife, em­pha­sis­ing their part­ner­ship in

do­ing many projects to­gether. The con­nec­tion was made phys­i­cal as Ionie and Edgar held hands as he spoke.

Bar­bara Blake Han­nah said she knows as an au­thor how hard it is to write a book and have it pub­lished, her pres­ence rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Min­is­ter of Cul­ture, Gen­der, En­ter­tain­ment and Sport Olivia Grange’s in­ter­est in the book launch.

Among the chap­ter ti­tles in vol­ume two of The Black Christ Un­veil: The Bi­og­ra­phy & Phi­los­o­phy of Prince Emanuel Charles Ed­wards are the ‘Women’s Free­dom Lib­er­a­tion League’, while there is a chap­ter on ‘The De­vel­op­ment of the Ethiopia Africa Black In­ter­na­tional Congress’ in Vol­ume One. The chap­ter on ‘De­struc­tion of Backa Wall’ pre­cedes the one ti­tled Bobo Ashanti Mov­ing On.

In the pref­ace to Vol­ume One Matthews Wallace writes about the pur­pose of her book, say­ing “this com­pi­la­tion was in­spired and cre­ated to give other per­sons out­side the Bobo Ashanti or­der a clear un­der­stand­ing of Prince Emanuel’s phi­los­o­phy and his con­tri­bu­tion to the world”. How­ever, she also gives de­tails about her life’s jour­ney which led to the book, start­ing with be­ing born in Ja­maica and grow­ing up in Claren­don.

Af­ter mov­ing to Kingston and liv­ing with her mother and step­fa­ther from about five years old, she writes that “there was a space un­der my house where I hid and read books to escape my step­fa­ther’s wicked world.” At eight years old she was read­ing about Idi Amin.

Matthews Wallace moved to New York in 1978 to live with her fa­ther and step­mother. Af­ter many tur­bu­lent ex­pe­ri­ences (in­clud­ing tak­ing to the streets at 14 years old) and pro­gres­sive glau­coma hin­der­ing her abil­ity to pur­sue nurs­ing, in 1987, she met mem­bers of the Mi­ami branch of the Ethiopia Africa Black In­ter­na­tional Congress, learn­ing about Prince Emanuel.

Even­tu­ally, she writes, “Af­ter a while I moved to the camp in Ja­maica, where I Net Prince Emanuel and lived un­der his prin­ci­ples. Prince Emanuel played the role of a fa­ther and mother fig­ure.”

And her hope is that read­ers will be “ed­u­cated and be in­spired to stand up for free­dom, re­demp­tion and in­ter­na­tional, univer­sal repa­tri­a­tion.”

A flag bearer at Sun­day’s launch of The Black Christ Un­veil: The Bi­og­ra­phy & Phi­los­o­phy of Prince Emanuel Charles Ed­wards (Vol­umes 1 and 2) at the Un­der­croft, Univer­sity of the West In­dies, Mona.

PHO­TOS BY MEL COOKE

A num­ber of priests lead­ing the clos­ing of Sun­day’s book launch at the UWI’s Un­der­croft.

The cover of Vol­ume 2 of The Black Christ Un­veil: The Bi­og­ra­phy & Phi­los­o­phy of Prince Emanuel Charles Ed­wards’.

PHO­TOS BY MEL COOKE

Ionie Mathews Wallace, au­thor of ‘The Black Christ Un­veil: The Bi­og­ra­phy & Phi­los­o­phy of Prince Emanuel Charles Ed­wards (Vol­umes 1 and 2), speaks at the Un­der­croft, Univer­sity of the West In­dies, Mona, on Sun­day.

Bar­bara Blake Han­nah

The cover of Vol­ume 1 of The Black Christ Un­veil: ‘The Bi­og­ra­phy & Phi­los­o­phy of Prince Emanuel Charles Ed­wards’.

A ban­ner of the Ethiopia Africa Black In­ter­na­tional Congress at the Un­der­croft, UWI, Mona, on Sun­day.

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