Social and political activist, Luzette E. King. (File photo)

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I would like to take this opportunity to pay a very special tribute to a woman who I have been observing for the past few years. This person is none other than Luzette King of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

My first personal contact with her was a couple years ago when I was a guest on her programme, Global Highlights, to discuss the role and function of the Caribbean Federation of Police Welfare Associations. Luzette, to me, is a very courageous woman who holds steadfast in what she believes. She is very knowledgeable on a wide range of issues and displays such by the way she conducts her interviews with her guests on topics including social, cultural, educational, economic, political or even religious topics. She is a fluent speaker and often reminds me of three very outstanding sons of the soil. These are Mr. F.I. Jack, Mr. Ormond Williams — my former principals, and Mr. John Horne a former minister of education, all of whom I have great respect and admiration for.

Being a Toastmaster, I pay keen attention to pronunciations of words and the use of the English language especially by prominent persons and I must say I am highly impressed that Luzette has mastered this art.

Luzette has been a champion for many especially after the December 2015 general elections. She has been a strong critic of Prime Minister Gonsalves’ policies and, in her view, he is incapable of running the country. Being dissatisfied with the outcome of the elections, she stands resolute in picketing the office of the Supervisor of Elections day after day and has been doing so since December, 2015 up to present time. She has been cherished by many for her courageous act yet scorned and ridiculed by many also. Her group is small in numbers but determined in action. Maybe her inspiration came from another individual who picketed the said office some years ago under a different leadership, which eventually led to the resignation of the said individual.

Luzette and her group are determined to fight for what they believe in. They have been mocked, arrested and charged, called all sort of ill names but they continue to press on much to the annoyance of the ruling regime.

Our country is so divided politically that persons are even afraid to be seen speaking to her for fear that they will be victimized or branded as belonging to a political party. I must say that I am not afraid to speak to her or any citizen of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Her strong will and determination remind me of Rosa Parks, the American Civil rights activist who in December 1955, refused to stand while seated on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama for a white man to sit. This strong Vincentian icon refuses to surrender even when the tide seems rough and there is nowhere or anyone to turn too. She brought awareness and a sense of fresh air for many of the political issues that were swept under the carpet. Thank you to our own Vincentian Rosa Parks.

Brenton Smith

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3 replies on “Tribute to Luzette King”

  1. The only thing Luzette King is champion of is her double side mouth.
    How dear you call Rose Park name in the same sentence with this Luzette King, that is an injustice, and disrespect to Miss. Parks.
    Boy go and read !!
    Luzette cannot even measure up to Miss. King discarded night gown, and here to talking like you know something.
    Take your stupid bias some place else and don’t bring it here, for you sound as stupid as she is.
    Luzette King is only for herself, she is a vindictive restless fool of a woman, and you here ranking her to Miss. Rosa Parks.
    Stupid Vincentian.

    1. My sentiments exactly. We are a nations of dunces and asses which is why the Conrade has been such a successful politician. Right, Luther?

    2. Look who is talking about bias…Luthur, your mind is so closed up that if the talk is not ULP, you just don’t know how to process it. Nowhere in the world you’d find everybody supporting the same political party and God sure there will be critics for and against. Ease off Luzette and let her do her thing in the name of democracy. You must be supporting Ralph with all the mismanagement of the country cause you are probably sitting around his table too, drinking his juice with fringe benefits.

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