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A NATIONAL SYMBOL FOR UNITY

first_imgIn 1822, a group of settler colonists sponsored by the American Colonization Society (ACS) and approved by the government of the United States of America reached the coast of West Africa and landed on Providence Island, today a part of the Republic of Liberia.The purpose of their journey from the United States was to find a settlement on the continent of Africa for freed African “slaves” or their descendants in America. This settlement would come to be regarded by them as the “Promised Land.”In 1847, having declared the independence of the fledgling nation of Liberia, the settlers adopted as part of the nation’s symbol a crest engraved with the motto: “The Love of Liberty brought us here”.As time went on this nation came to incorporate more and more of the indigenous peoples the settlers had encountered on their arrival.This nation grew to become one of the two independent nations on the continent of Africa. A fact, that brought pride to all of its peoples.  Yet, as some indigenous citizens of the nation became educated and developed political consciousness, they effectively came to participate in the political life of the new nation.  In time, they began to feel that there was something outdated in the motto, “The love of Liberty brought us here.”  They saw the motto as excluding them symbolically from the establishment.  Thus, in the era of the late President Tolbert, the issue of reviewing the motto was raised.  However, no noticeable action was taken to address it.On the 165th celebration commemorating the founding of Liberia, Professor Elwood Dunn, national orator, appealed for a review of the national symbols on the spirit of the efforts at reconciliation and peace building.  In response, the President (Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf) commissioned a review panel to look into the matter with Professor Dunn as its chair.The thoughts expressed in this article reflect a view held by a significant number of our citizens.  They believe that it was high time that the motto was revised/reviewed so as to include all of the nation’s citizens irrespective of their origin.Symbols are very important in the art of political communication.  They are like Totems, which represent the spirit or soul of a people.  They are used to identify a people and their outlook. They should not be taken lightly.  If well chosen they can contribute immensely to particularly uniting and solidifying a nation made of diverse ethno-cultural communities.  This was done in the case of South Africa at the end of apartheid.Liberia, a fragmented pluralistic society needs more effective political integration to make for better policy making choices arising from a commonly held political culture.  It will also serve to endow the political system with substantial legitimacy.Peace building requires that we take the issue of the national symbol seriously, adopting measures to correct any misperception.  This should be considered as a part of the efforts to not only reconcile the nation after 14 years of civil conflict but also to re-write a comprehensive history of Liberia.The views expressed here are not intended to be critical of any group or segment of our citizenry.  The motto as it stands is understandable for the period at which it was adapted;  since the founders of the new nation then were the settler colonists (today referred to as Americo-Liberians) whose sentiments were reflected in the motto: “The love of liberty brought us here.”  There is no doubt their descendants will understand the need for a change.What I propose as a replacement for the motto is to keep the reference to and good regard for Liberty which we all share.  Hence, I wish to suggest one of the following alternatives as a motto:1. “For the Love of Liberty We Stand Together”2. “For the Love of Liberty We Stand as one People”3. “For the Love of Liberty We Stand United”4.  “The Love of Liberty Unites Us”I will invite the readers to make their own suggestions as a fitting contribution to resolving this issue.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Whittiers marathon man set to hit the road again

first_imgThen he says he “got hooked” and decided to give the L.A. Marathon a shot. One of his fondest recollections of that initial marathon was seeing his wife, Lucy – who at the time was pregnant with the couple’s third son Matthew – and his sons, David and Ralph, cheering him on in person as he ran by. “My wife was so worried that I wasn’t going to make it that she kept pace with me for two blocks,” Garay said. “I told her, `You’re pregnant, you shouldn’t be running.”‘ The support he’s received while running the 26.2-mile course has been a great motivation for Garay to keep going. “My family has been at each one of the marathons to see me run. That’s special,” he said. “As I reflect back on all the marathons, I think about all the people along the route cheering us on. It’s so pleasurable to see all those people come out and show their support. It’s like a big block party.” Garay, a Los Angeles High School and Cal State Los Angeles graduate who also served in the United States Army, ran the 2006 marathon in 5:31:12. His best time was four hours and 30 minutes, accomplished back in the early 1990s. While many of the runners have participated in other marathons, Garay has run only in the L.A. Marathon. Because of his status as a legacy runner, he has earned a permanent bib number. “They’ve always treated us legacy runners as something special,” Garay said. “After 10 years, they gave us a nice luncheon. There was something like 600 of us then. “It’s those little incentives that give me that push,” said Garay, who trains on what he says is a “scenic route” through the streets of Whittier. His yearly marathon training begins each autumn. “Every year it’s harder and harder and more challenging, but I just push myself. It’s such a good event,” he said. “What I get out of it is a sense of accomplishment. When you cross that finish line and you’re handed a medal, you feel like a real athlete. “Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be doing it this long, but now I’m committed. I can’t miss it.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2239 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Rafael Garay vividly remembers how he felt after running the inaugural Los Angeles Marathon in 1986. “It was grueling,” he said. “I was sitting there hurting, very sore, and said, `Never again will I do this.”‘ But one year later, he did run it again – and he’s kept on running it ever since. In fact, now the 57-year-old grandfather from Whittier finds himself in a very exclusive club heading into Sunday’s race. Garay is one of the “Legacy Runners” – those who have participated in and finished all 21 L.A. Marathons. It’s a group that dwindles each year, having numbered 270 following the 2006 event. “I feel great to be part of this club. You can’t join the club. It’s very elite. Membership is closed forever,” said Garay, a biomedical engineer at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital. “I’ve made it through all of them, whether it’s jogging it, crawling, whatever it takes to get past the finish line. I have to finish or I lose my legacy.” Garay’s running career began when he made a New Year’s resolution in 1985 to get in shape and lose weight. He started running at the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area. “I’d run four or five laps around the lake,” he said. “I thought I was hot stuff.” last_img
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Eden Hazard ruled out of Europa League match after picking up injury against Spurs

first_img REAL DEAL Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Latest Chelsea FC News But Hazard is expected to play against Fulham on Sunday – a game you can listen to live on talkSPORT, kick-off 12pm.Victor Moses (back) is also out, with head coach Maurizio Sarri likely to make changes ahead of 10 matches in the month of December.Sarri’s men need to avoid defeat at Stamford Bridge to guarantee top spot in a game they’re expected to win comfortably.Even a defeat may still be enough as Chelsea are six points ahead of second-placed MOL Vidi so the Hungarian side would need a win to stand any chance of overtaking the Premier League side.However, despite there being little pressure on Thursday’s game, Sarri is looking for a positive reaction following the weekend woes at Wembley. shining Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Eden Hazard has been ruled out of Chelsea’s Europa League clash with PAOK as the Blues look to secure top spot in their group.The Belgian has an ankle injury following their Premier League defeat to Tottenham at the weekend. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Hazard was unable to help Chelsea get a result at Wembley REVEALED 2 He said: “He [Hazard] will not be able to play tomorrow, but I think we’ll be able to recover him for the next Premier League match (against Fulham on Sunday).“I am worried because 25 days ago he had a back injury. Now an ankle. He has lost a lot of training. It’s normal at the moment he isn’t at the top of his physical condition.“I want to see a reaction, but I want also to see a reaction in the next Premier League match (on Sunday against Fulham). I want to see we learned our lessons.”Provisional squad: Kepa, Caballero, Rudiger, Alonso, Fabregas, Jorginho, Kante, Barkley, Pedro, Kovacic, Giroud, Zappacosta, Willian, Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Morata, Luiz, Emerson Palmieri, Loftus-Cheek, Hudson-Odoi, Ampadu, Bulka.center_img Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? JIBE tense Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea punished gameday cracker Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa REVEALED 2 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Sarri is expecting a big reaction from his players on Thursday and this weekendlast_img read more

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