February 9 – UBAD’s 43rd

Today marks the 43rd anniversary of the founding of the United Black Association for Development (UBAD). The meeting which established UBAD took place at a farm owned by the late Wilhelm Arnold at Mile 26 on the Old Northern Highway.

Six months after its founding, UBAD began the publication of this newspaper, Amandala, which continued after UBAD was dissolved in November of 1974. Amandala has been the leading newspaper in Belize since 1981.

Amandala has been instrumental in the establishment of KREM Radio, KREM Television, and the Library of African and Indian Studies.

Article courtesy Amandala

About KREM
The idea for the KREM Radio station originated in early 1979 while Rufus X and I were visiting New Orleans. There was a New Orleans deejay I liked, by the name of Sister Love, and one day Rufus and his cousin, Sam Wiley, who was our host, showed me the building where the radio station which featured Sister Love was located. It was quite a modest, one flat structure, much smaller than the three story Albert Cattouse Building from where the Belize government monopoly station – Radio Belize – was broadcasting.

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