#Freeport, GB, January 11, 2019 – Bahamas – Majority Rule Day was observed in Grand Bahama on January 10, 2019 with an Ecumenical Service at Pro-Cathedral of Christ the King, attended by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest, Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Senator the Hon. Kwasi Thompson, other Parliamentarians, and religious leaders.
Also in attendance were a number of Grand Bahamians who have been honored for the role they played in helping to bring about Majority Rule for The Bahamas in 1967, including Maurice Moore and C. A. Smith, both of whom played a part in the struggle.
DPM Turnquest told the media that it was significant to stop and not just celebrate the day, but also help bring about an awareness of the meaning of Majority Rule for Bahamians, then and now.
“There have been many men and women who sacrificed much to stand up and demand equality for Bahamians in their own country,” said DPM Turnquest. “We honor those sacrifices and we acknowledge how significant such sacrifices were; so it is important that we celebrate this day and bring to light how much was sacrificed to help build the nation that we live in today.”
At the service, a welcome address was given by Pastor Robert Lockhart, President of the Grand Bahama Christian Council. The sermon was delivered by the Rev. Canon Norman Lightbourne, Rector of Pro-Cathedral of Christ the King.
By Andrew Coakley
Header: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest (fourth right, standing), along with Maurice Moore (fifth right, standing) and C. A. Smith (right, standing) are pictured with Grand Bahamian Honorees, following a church service to observe Majority Rule, January 10, 2019 at Pro-Cathedral of Christ the King. The honorees were acknowledged for the contributions they made to help bring about Majority Rule.
First Insert: Deputy Prime Minister Turnquest (center right) joined clergy, officials, leaders and members of the Scouts and Brownies organizations that played a small role in Ecumenical Service observance of Majority Rule Day, on Thursday, January 10, 2019.
Second Insert: Government officials joined religious leaders and members of the public in Ecumenical Service observance of Majority Rule Day, on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at Pro-Cathedral of Christ the King. Pictured are Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest (left) and his wife, Mrs. Sonia Turnquest, along with Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Senator the Hon. Kwasi Thompson and his wife, Tameka Thompson.
BIS Photos/Andrew Miller