Folk Re­search Cen­tre Ex­tends Con­do­lences

The Star (St. Lucia) - - COMMENT -

The Board, staff and mem­bers of the Folk Re­search Cen­tre ex­tend their con­do­lences to the fam­ily and friends of the late Hon­ourable Sir Derek Wal­cott who passed away on Fri­day March 17. Sir Derek was a fre­quent vis­i­tor to the FRC, and at­tended many of our pro­grammes.

The FRC rec­og­nizes the great achieve­ments of Sir Derek in the field of lit­er­a­ture and the­atre, and also ac­knowl­edges his hon­our­ing of our tra­di­tional folk cul­tures in his po­ems and plays. We rec­og­nize his tremen­dous love for his coun­try, its his­tor­i­cal and cul­tural her­itage and en­vi­ron­ment. He was an in­ter­na­tional fig­ure who brought the life and his­to­ries and lan­guages of his Caribbean fam­ily to the whole world. This was rec­og­nized by the award of the No­bel Prize for lit­er­a­ture in 1992. With Sir Arthur Lewis, he gave Saint Lu­cia and the Caribbean a se­cure place in world his­tory and achieve­ment.

The Harold Sim­mons Folk Academy, which over­sees the ed­u­ca­tional pro­grammes of the FRC, is named af­ter the men­tor of both Sir Derek and Sir Dun­stan St. Omer.

The FRC joins with the arts and cul­tural com­mu­ni­ties of Saint Lu­cia, the Caribbean and the world in pay­ing trib­ute to the late Sir Derek Al­ton Wal­cott, SLC.

Dun­stan St. Omer (left) and Derek Wal­cott at the launch of the Harold Sim­mons Folk Academy in Oc­to­ber 2012.

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