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St Lucia joins people of African descent around the world in the global observance of African Liberation Day on May 25th.

Also known as ALD, the day was founded in 1958 by Dr. Kwame Nkrumah on the occasion of the First Conference of Independent States held in Accra, Ghana and attended by eight independent African states.

April 15th was declared "Africa Freedom Day," to mark each year of the onward progress of the liberation movement, and to symbolize the determination of the people of Africa to free themselves from foreign domination and exploitation. Today, African Liberation Day is a permanent mass institution in the world-wide Pan-African movement.

In St Lucia the celebration is being led by the Ethiopia Africa Black International Congress, with a social gathering at the Grass Roots Court in Castries.

Activities are expected to begin from 6pm and run through 9pm. They include addresses and presentations from Rastafarian leaders, and a number of local performers.

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