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Dec 9, 2011

CABO Leadership back in Belize

Emerson Guild

The Central American Black Organization (CABO) was formed in Dangriga in 1995. The organization, which boasts representation of all Central American countries, has been steadily organizing and growing, while focusing on its mandate to redefine how afro-descendants identify themselves. CABO representatives recently returned from Panama where the Belizean members were appointed as the Chair of CABO’s Education and Research arm.

Emerson Guild, CABO Representative in Belize

“Belize was represented at the CABO AGM this year by National Kriol Council—two members from the National Kriol Council—myself and Dr. Abigail McKay. At the conference, this year was the year of election of officers for the board that directs CABO and at this conference; Belize is now the chair for education and research on the CABO directive. That means we’re going to be working pretty hard from this direction.”

Jose Sanchez

“For people who don’t know what is CABO; what’s its mission or directive?”

Emerson Guild

“CABO is the organization of Central American Blacks or Afro-descendants and the mandate that CABO has is to change the paradigm that we exist in right now from this dependency to one of more social productivity and it has member from seven different countries—six Central American countries and the United States.”

Jose Sanchez

“Now that Belize is taking the reins, what will you or Dr. Abigail be doing?”

Emerson Guild

“The responsibilities that we have right now is going to be to create the kind of programs that will reeducate the people in these seven countries to participate in restoring justice—social, economic, cultural, historical justice.”

Jose Sanchez

“And how do you plan to do that; through what means?”

Emerson Guild

“We intend to do that through some books that are now being written, some lecture tours that is going to be done by different individuals who have the capacity to deliver the scenarios that we are trying to develop for this drive forward in the 21st century.”

In Belize, CABO members include the National Garifuna Council, UBAD and the National Kriol Council.

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