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New Book: “A Narrative of Political Parties in Belize” #533282
11/15/18 06:01 AM
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Lawrence Vernon is a career librarian. Vernon was appointed to the National Library Service in 1956 and his mission has been to strengthen and expand the public libraries network in Belize. Today at the Leo Bradley Library, Vernon released a book he has written called A Narrative of Political Parties in Belize. Vernon spoke to the media following the press launch.

Lawrence Vernon – Librarian: “My intention as you mentioned was to put all the information and the political parties at that time into one book and I started out by providing this information to students and so I decided to document it for myself so that people don’t have to come to ask diverse information and have it one book. I’m a career librarian and as such I feel that I should collect information, document it and disseminiate it and that is why today I think we are called information specialists rather than librarians. But the people who lived the political development from the 1950s I suppose some of them are still alive, can attest to the fact that the agitation at that time was great and one of the things that we missed today is that we don’t have public meetings. Maybe the rostrum has disappeared from our culture and I believe the public meetings, maybe it was necessary at the time to get the people agitated more but I believe it’s necessary today to inform the people of what is going on within the political parties. I know we have press conferences but it’s not like en mass people gathering and listening to a politician on a rostrum.”

The book is a testament to the author’s persistent dedication since 1987 to ensuring that the contributions of all the political parties to Belize’s development will not go unrecognized.


Politics By The Book

He calls himself a historian who dabbles in history but Lawrence Vernon has done more than dabble with his latest book. It's called "A narrative of Political Parties in Belize" and it tracks the birth, rise - and some cases, the demise of more than 25 political parties in Belize's post-nationalist history.

The book was launched today at the Leo Bradley Library in Belize City where the 81 year old Vernon told us that the most important consideration was to stay true to the historical record - which he extracted from the daily newspapers of that era:

Jules Vasquez, reporter
"When you read the book you see that it is written with the fidelity of the librarian, the record keeper."

Lawrence Vernon, Author
"As you mentioned I am a career librarian and as such I feel that I should collect information, document it and disseminate it. The newspapers were my main source and as you said it was tedious to turn the pages of the Billboard and the Clarion and garner information from them. The book should be read by everybody who wants to know more about the political development of Belize and I purposely made it reader friendly so that the average person on the street could gather information from it. I included end notes and foot notes so that more explanation can be given about what is in the text."

Jules Vasquez, reporter
"But if you could have been active in any era, which is the most exciting?"

Lawrence Vernon, Author
"I wasn't active, but I observed. I was born on 1937 and the nationalist movement started in the 1950s and so I was there to see the developments and hear the speeches and agitations that were going on at the time. So I have lived to see what is happening now and to compare it. The two mass parties, the philosophies are the same, but I would like to see some more unity for the development of the country. The party should become more united and have more dialogue."

The book is available widely and sells for thirty dollars. His next - almost completed book - will be a biography of Phillip Goldson.

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Re: New Book: “A Narrative of Political Parties in Belize” [Re: Marty] #533480
11/28/18 05:11 AM
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Marty Offline OP

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Lawrence Vernon's book "A Narrative of Poltical Parties" display was held today in Corozal. It was displayed inside the library. The public were invited to attend this event. At 2pm everyone had gathered to witness the history book about "A Narrative Of Poltical Parties In Belize".

About the Author Mr. Lawrence Vernon: was born on May 19, 1937 in Belize City. Since his appointment to the national Library in 1956, one of his mission has been to strengthen and expand the public libraries network in Belize. In community service he has chaired the National Honors and Award Advisory Commitee and has involved in key positions with the Belize National Commission for UNESCO and the Belize Archives and Records Service Advisory Board, among many others. His major publications include Cultural Groups of Belize, The Andy Palacio Moment: Sojourn of a Harifuna Cultural Actvist, A walk Through Old Belize and Placencis and its Environs.

About the Book:

A Narratibe of Political Parties in Belize is a testament to the author's persistent dedication since 1987 to ensuring that the contribution of all political parties to Belize's development will not go unrecognized.

Clearly, both students and the general public will remain indebted to the author for deepening our apprevciation of young but vibrant democracy. Information credited by: Dr. Herman Byrd; Director, BARS.

Mr. Rene Mendez
Master of Ceremonies
Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Mexico
National Anthem
Pastor Thomas Zetina
Mayor Rigoberto Vellos
Mrs. Janet Castillos
Introduction of Author
Remarks by author
Mr. Francisco Peña
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Re: New Book: “A Narrative of Political Parties in Belize” [Re: Marty] #534218
01/09/19 05:25 AM
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Marty Offline OP

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A Narrative of Political Parties in Belize chronicles

A Narrative of Political Parties in Belize chronicles the rise and reign of the major parties that have shaped the political history of Belize. We spoke with author, Lawrence Vernon, about why such a book was necessary. Our guests shared that there is an increase in the need for local political research and that this books contributes to the literature for political pundits. On our couch:

Lawrence Vernon - Author
Rolando Cocum - Senior Research and Education Officer, Institute of Social and Cultural Research (NICH)

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