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Broward Schools Chief Runcie Gets Mediocre Review from Board

first_imgA divided Broward County School Board last week gave Superintendent Robert Runcie the worst evaluation of his time in the position, with four members rating him as either “awful” or “mediocre,” while the other three members gave him top marks.Overall, Runcie received a rating of 2.8 out of 4 points. He also received his first-ever “unsatisfactory” ratings, which is the lowest possible mark, in the aftermath of the Parkland shooting.Runcie, who has been with the district since 2011, also received his highest marks in the area of student achievement, as the district has made some academic gains in recent years.However, Board members remain divided about his overall leadership. Some members say Runcie has put a renewed focus on safety and security, and that he led a successful referendum effort last year to get raises for teachers.Other members argue there is high turnover among administrative staff, in addition to slow progress on an $800 million bond to renovate old schools. Five years after the referendum passed, three out of 233 schools have been completed.According to Board member Rosalind Osgood, “Public trust is one of Mr. Runcie’s strengths. Under Mr. Runcie’s leadership, the district has passed two referendum items. Members of the community have voiced their support for Mr. Runcie’s leadership through press conferences, print media and during public speaking time at school board meetings.”On the other hand, Board member Nora Rupert says, “Superintendent Runcie still struggles to promote the core mission of the Broward County School Board amidst the continued decline of public trust, who doubts that he can finish the [$800 million bond] in a timely fashion. and deploy the [2018] referendum as promised.”Last March, new Board member Lori Alhadeff, whose daughter was killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High shooting, asked the Board to fire Runcie. That effort failed 6 to 3, with Rupert and Board member Robin Bartleman siding with Alhadeff.Alhadeff gave Runcie an overall score of 1.4 out of 4, or “unsatisfactory,” while Rupert marked Runcie as “unsatisfactory” in leadership and management, and gave him an overall score of 1.85, or “needs improvement.”Bartleman gave him an overall score of 2.25, or “needs improvement.” Heather Brinkworth, who voted against firing Runcie, gave him a 2.6, which translates to a “low effective” rating.She marked him below average in three out of four categories — high-quality instruction, continuous improvement and effective communications — but said he was effective in leadership and management.Donna Korn rated him 3.38 and Patti Good 3.33, which are both effective.Three School Board members gave him the top score of highly effective: Laurie Rich Levinson (3.5), Ann Murray (3.5) and Rosalind Osgood (3.45).Meanwhile, Runcie gave himself a score of 3.65.He wrote, “If there is one word that summarizes our last year, it is communication. As our district continues to move from response to recovery and from reactive to proactive following the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy, continuous and seamless communication to all stakeholders has remained essential.”However, five out of nine Board members gave him low marks on communications, and none of them rated him highly effective in this area.They say departments do not communicate with each other, Runcie does not communicate with the board, and parents find the district’s website difficult to navigate.According to Alhadeff, “To say that the word ‘communication’ summarizes the 2018-2019 school year and that there was ‘seamless communication’ to all stakeholders being essential is a fabrication of the truth.”Bartleman says the district’s communications office “appears to be more focused on representing the superintendent as an individual, as opposed to the district as a whole. Press releases and social media links consistently have his image as opposed to students, teachers, staff, or even our logo.”Runcie fared better in the categories of continuous improvement and high-quality instruction, as several board members state that no schools in the district were rated “F.” They also note that Broward barely missed receiving an “A” from the state, and that graduation rates have improved.last_img read more

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Walton’s heroics not enough as Fernie Ghostriders steal 3-2 overtime victory over Nelson Leafs

first_imgNow that Nelson’s top offensive threat Patrick Martens has gone the way of Junior A — after signing earlier this week with the Langley Rivermen — the Leafs will look to another Kootenay International Junior Hockey League All Star to carry the weight of the team.Goalie Andrew Walton came close to packing the Leafs on his back, stopping all but three shots fired at him by the Fernie Ghostriders.However, the third shot proved to be the back breaker as Zach Traverse scored a power play marker with two minutes remaining in the first overtime period to spark the Riders to a 3-2 victory over the Leafs Thursday in the East Kootenay City.Facing this former Rider teammates for the first time since the Castlegar native led Fernie to the Cyclone Taylor Cup Final in April, Walton looked every bit like the game breaker Nelson traded for during the off season.Fernie out shot the Leafs 12-3 in the opening period and took a 2-0 lead on goals by Brendon Mangone and an extra-man marker by Austin Evans.But that would be all the scoring the Riders could manage on Walton during regulation time as the 20-year-old backstopper nailed the door shut despite Nelson being out shot 21-13 during the next 40 minutes.The stellar play by Walton gave Nelson a chance to get back in the game and the Leafs managed the feat with a second period goal by Colton Malmsten on the power play and Max Mois with six minute remaining in the third.The overtime loss concludes a six-game stint away from home for Nelson, finishing the away schedule with a 1-4-0-1 mark.The Leafs, falling to 13-8-0-2, return home Saturday to face winless Grand Forks Border Bruins at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena. The Bruins lost 14-2 to Beaver Valley Thursday.The win increases Beaver Valley’s lead to four points over Nelson in Murdoch standings.The Leafs are two points in front of third place Castlegar Rebels, idle Thursday. Castlegar has played four fewer games then Nelson.ICE CHIPS: Andrew Walton was named the game’s first star. . . .The Leafs dipped into the minor hockey leagues to bolster the defence as Cole Arcuri was called up for the game in Fernie. The call-up was due to a rash of injuries to the defence . . . The game also saw the debut of two recent additions for Nelson on the blueline, Eric Spring and J.J. Beitel. Spring came to Nelson in a trade from Kelowna Chiefs while Beitel was signed after being released from Trail Smoke Eaters of the BCHL. Beitel registered an assist on the goal by Max Mois.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

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Panlilio believes 2023 World Cup bid atones for 2019 failure

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas executive director Sonny Barrios and president Al Panlilio will be part of the Philippines’ delegation for the joint bid in the 2023 Fiba World Cup. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/INQUIRER.netGearing for another crack at hosting the global basketball extravaganza, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) president Al Panlilio couldn’t help but look back at the country’s failed bid in hosting the 2019 Fiba World Cup, sharing that up to this day, he believes the Philippines was the rightful winner.“I felt we won the 2015 bid,” he said on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ SBP urges Filipinos to rally behind PH’s joint 2023 Fiba World Cup bid LATEST STORIES Panlilio shared veryone who attended the presentations back in 2015 felt that the Philippines had won the rights, before the Fiba Central Board decided to give China the nod in a 14-7 vote.“When we lost the bid in Tokyo in 2015, we went back to the hotel and (SBP chairman emeritus) Manny V. Pangilinan was distraught. We thought we won. Even (Chinese Basketball Association chairman) Yao Ming approached us and said we had a very good presentation and he felt we won. But we didn’t get it,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkWith China winning the hosting rights, the SBP felt bidding for the 2023 edition was a little too early as Fiba isn’t keen on awarding the hosting rights to an Asian candidate for the second straight time.“We were looking at when’s the next opportunity for us to host, and we felt that 2023 might not be the time because they awarded it to Asia in 2019. The earliest timeframe was 2027,” said Panlilio. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? View comments Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ But Pangilinan felt that joining forces with Japan and Indonesia in making another run through a joint bid does give the Philippines a compelling argument to Fiba as the candidacy doubled down on the international basketball federation’s aim on furthering the sport’s global reach.“MVP thought about the multi-nation hosting and (SBP executive director) Sonny  Barrios said that our proposal should be compelling,” related Panlilio.“That’s the uniqueness of our co-hosting bid, that the power of the three nations representing half a million people which are multi-culture, multi-religion, multi-language, and multi-economic stations,” Barrios added. “So if you’re Fiba and your main objective is globalization of the sport, you should go on the three nations’ bid. The global reach is in many aspects, culturally, religiously, economically, even in sheer numbers.”Panlilio could only hope for the best as the Philippines-Japan-Indonesia contingent prepares for its final presentation on December 9 in Geneva, Switzerland before the Fiba Central Board as it hopes to edge the joint candidacy of Argentina and Uruguay in winning the bid.“I guess at the end of the day, we want to make sure that we do win. I feel optimistically cautious or guarded that we do have a good chance to win the bid,” he said.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Alaska ties PBA Finals, holds off Magnolia in Game 4

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom “That’s dirty basketball. Calling it anything else would be a lie, I’m not a lier, but I’m proud of my guys because we made a deal. You have to be willing to take a punch for our team and not throw one back. If you care about the team you take a punch and you don’t throw one back. We have multiple players take punches and not throw back. That’s the way you play,” Compton said.Compton also praised his team’s defense after limiting the fancied Hotshots to below 80 points.“Our thought our defense was great. I don’t know the final score guys but I don’t think they got to the 80s is that right? Our guys are just playing great defense.”The pivotal Game 5 is on Friday night still at Araneta Coliseum.The bull-strong Harris delivered an encore of a performance after lighting up Magnolia with 36 points and 18 rebounds in Alaska’s 100-71 blowout win in Game 3 three nights ago.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES No rest for Paul Desiderio on cusp of PBA dream ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Alaska Aces’ Mike Harris dunks the ball against Magnolia Hotshots in the first half of Game 4 of the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals on Wednesday, December 12, 2018, at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlaska held off Magnolia, 90-76, in Game 4 to even the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Harris, who was named Best Import before tipoff, played like a man possessed for the second straight game, bullying his way to 34 points and 22 rebounds to power the resurgent Aces.ADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk MOST READ View comments Chris Banchero, who did not let his emotions get the better of him despite getting hit by Magnolia guard Mark Barroca in the groin late in the game, also gave Alaska a big lift with 17 points, six rebounds and five assists.Banchero had the last laugh down the stretch where he accounted for seven of the Aces’ last eight points in the last one minute and 13 seconds. He sank a triple that made it 85-73, then, buried two free throws that set the final count with 46.3 seconds left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissAlaska head coach Alex Compton was furious during the post-game interview, claiming that apart from Banchero, Harris was also “punched in the testicles.”Despite what he thought was “dirty basketball” played by the Hotshots, Compton commended his players for keeping their cool and not retaliating. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Romeo Travis, who finished second to Harris for the Best Import award, had 29 points on 6-of-11 shooting from long range and 13 rebounds. Travis had the hot hand and just kept shooting even after heading back to the dugout midway through the third quarter due to a cut on the bridge of his nose.Paul Lee, the newly-minted Best Player of the Conference, added 14 points and eight rebounds but went just 4-of-13 from the field.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Mourinho contender for Tottenham job

first_imgSky Sports reported last month that Mourinho is keen to return to English football because of a desire to win major trophies with a third Premier League club.However, one of the bookies’ favourites to replace Pochettino, RB Leipzig head coach Julian Nagelsmann is unlikely to be heading to North London.Sky Sports News has learned any potential suitors are likely to face a struggle to release Nagelsmann from his present deal in Germany.Who next for Tottenham?Mauricio Pochettino is feeling the heat at struggling TottenhamBayern Munich and Manchester United have also shown an interest in the 32-year-old in recent months.Leipzig sit second in the Bundesliga and top of their Champions’ League Group and are understood to be unwilling to let Nagelsmann leave, having waited a year for him to join from Hoffenheim before the start of the season.“The fact that we are told Mourinho is a serious contender shouldn’t surprise too many people. But it would be a sensational turn of events.“Ultimately Pochettino has paid a price for results. They haven’t won a Premier League away game since January. Inevitably questions will now be asked about what next. Mourinho? What a story that would be.“We shouldn’t lose sight of what a difficult decision this has been for Tottenham. Daniel Levy said they were ‘extremely reluctant’ to lose him and another senior figure at the club said it has been ‘a tough day’ and ‘a decision we hoped we wouldn’t have to make.’”0Shares0000(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mourinho contender for Tottenham jobLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 20 – Jose Mourinho is a serious contender to replace Mauricio Pochettino as Tottenham manager, according to reports. Mourinho has been out of work since being sacked by Manchester United in December last year.last_img read more

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Birthday treat for French star? Check out the Manchester United target’s best goals here

first_img Paul Pogba 1 Paul Pogba celebrates his 22nd birthday today, so we’ve decided to pay tribute to the former Manchester United star.United amazingly let Pogba leave for free in summer 2012, with then manager Sir Alex Ferguson unconvinced with the midfielder’s temperament.Since then the French maestro has blossomed into one of the best midfielders in the world, with many believing he will trigger a mass tussle for his signature this summer between Europe’s biggest clubs.Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid are just some of the names being linked with a move for a player who has confirmed he will leave Juventus within the next 18 months.Pogba is widely regarded as the best player in the world aged 23 or under, ahead of the likes of Eden Hazard and Neymar.last_img read more

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MURPHY WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN CONVINCING PLAYERS TO STAY – CHAIRMAN

first_imgMichael Murphy was instrumental in convincing a number of Donegal’s veteran stars not to pack in the county team at the end of last season.Michael is already pondering next year’s All Ireland championship!The claim was made by county chairman Sean Dunnion while paying tribute to the Glenswilly man at a civic reception in his honour yesterday.Dunnion, who also works with Donegal County Council, did not name names as to who exactly was planning to hang their boots up. It is understood that a number of the team’s older players were considering stepping aside after the heavy defeat by Mayo in the All-Ireland quarter final.But the Four Masters man said the Donegal captain did speak with a number of players and convinced them they still had plenty to offer their county.Dunnion and others paid tribute to the 24 year old who was nominated for a civic reception by Cllr Ciaran Brogan.   MURPHY WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN CONVINCING PLAYERS TO STAY – CHAIRMAN was last modified: December 16th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalMichael MurphySean Dunnionlast_img read more

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DONEGAL GAA SQUAD READY TO JET OFF ON TEAM HOLIDAY TO DUBAI

first_imgThe Donegal squad pictured after a training session during their team holiday in 2012.Rory Gallagher will take his Donegal side away to Dubai for their team holiday later this week, but the trip is no junket as the players have packed their training gear for the trip away. Donegal will jet out to Dubai for a week this Friday, and while the trip will be predominantly used as a relaxing week away for the management and staff, the players have been told to bring their gear and have training sessions planned for the week ahead.Donegal were defeated by Dublin in a entertaining match at Croke Park on Saturday night. Tempers frayed between both sides, and clearly there is no love lost between either set of players as was evidenced by the bruising exchanges on show under the lights at Croker.The Allianz National League now shuts down for three weeks, so it’s the perfect opportunity for Donegal to head off on their team holiday.They would’ve jetted off at the end of 2014, but goalkeeper Paul Durcan was getting married so the squad decided to hold back and wait until now.With the season up and running the trip could be seen as an unwanted distraction, but Rory Gallagher and his staff will use the trip properly to ensure the team is well prepared for their next league clash with Cork. Former Donegal manager Jim McGuinness will be unable to attend the holiday because of his commitments with Celtic FC.Donegal enjoyed a wonderful season in 2014, they won the Ulster SFC title for a third time in four years, and came agonisingly close to winning their second All-Ireland title in just three years.They gave Donegal supporters plenty of wonderful days last summer and they deserve their break in sunny Dubai.We hope they all enjoy their break and that Rory Gallagher doesn’t make them do too many beach runs in that searing heat in Dubai. DONEGAL GAA SQUAD READY TO JET OFF ON TEAM HOLIDAY TO DUBAI was last modified: February 10th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalDubaiGAAnewsRory GallagherSportTeam Holidaylast_img read more

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Clarity on Jacob Zuma’s wives

first_img7 January 2010South African President Jacob Zuma, who practises polygamy in keeping with traditional African culture, has not five but three wives, any of whom may accompany him on official engagements.In a statement aimed at correcting media reports following Zuma’s wedding to Tobeka Madiba-Zuma on the weekend, the Presidency said that South Africa’s Constitution and public service regulations did not make provision for a First Lady or First Ladies, and that there was thus “no such official designation”.Contrary to media reports, Zuma has not five but three wives: Sizakele Khumalo, Nompumelelo Ntuli, and Tobeka Madiba. He also has a fiancee, Bongi Ngema.When it comes to official or public engagements, the Presidency said, it is up to Zuma to decide whether he is accompanied by any or all of his wives. “This is his prerogative, and has been the practice since he took office.”The Presidency said it provided “administrative support” to the President’s wives through its spousal office, “as has been the practice in past administrations”.While Zuma’s wives might take part in community work or other activities that supported the President’s work, this was purely voluntary, as they were not part of the Presidency or the public service.MaKhumalo (in isiZulu culture, married or adult women have the prefix “Ma” added to their surnames), whose area of interest is agriculture and food security, runs a vegetable garden project in Zuma’s home village of Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal.KaMadiba (the prefix “Ka” is used for names already beginning with “Ma”) is interested in health care, especially work relating to the fight against cervical cancer. MaNtuli’s focus is on social development; she works to help orphans and vulnerable children.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Remembering South African writer Peter Abrahams: 1919 – 2017

first_imgSouth African writer Peter Abrahams died on 18 January 2017. An early pioneer in the exploration of race identity in South Africa, he was a literary giant who was at the forefront of capturing the injustice of apartheid.Writer Peter Abrahams was born in Vrededorp, Johannesburg, in 1919. He lived in London and Jamaica, and his extensive collection of fiction and non-fiction focussed on pan-Africanism and race identity in South Africa. (Image: Wikipedia)CD AndersonPeter Abrahams, who died aged 97 at his home in Saint Andrew Parish, Jamaica, was one of South Africa’s most distinguished writers. His fiction and non-fiction work challenged and dissected the complexities of the black South African identity. His biting criticism of the early days of apartheid and his exploration of pan-Africanist philosophy were fuelled by the need to tell the world of the injustice of racism and colonialism.Abrahams will be remembered best for his Mine Boy, which was added to the South African school curriculum in the early 2000s.First published in 1946, Peter Abrahams’ Mine Boy exposed the condition of black South Africans under a white regime. It presents a portrait of labour discrimination, appalling housing conditions and one man’s humanitarian act of defiance. (Image: Justseeds website)Mine Boy, a brutal story of South African urban migration, became the first novel by a black South African to be published internationally. It was the third book by a black South African to be published, after Sol Plaatje’s Mhudi in 1930 and RRR Dhlomo’s 1928 novel, An African Tragedy.“I am emotionally involved in South Africa,” Abrahams said in 1957. “If I am ever liberated from this bondage of racialism, there are some things much more exciting to me, objectively, to write about. But this world has such a social orientation, and I am involved in this world and I can’t cut myself off.”During his most prolific years, 1946 to 1966, Abrahams wrote eight novels, as well as memoirs and political essays. His 1948 novel, The Path of Thunder, inspired the ballet piece, İldırımlı yollarla, by Azerbaijani composer Gara Garayev.Abrahams’ early yearsAbrahams was born in Vrededorp, Johannesburg, in 1919 to an Ethiopian father and coloured mother.According to his obituary in The New York Times on 22 January 2017, Abrahams was inspired to read and write at a young age when he heard Shakespeare’s Othello. A prodigious student, he began contributing poetry and short fiction to so-called bantu publications after completing his basic education. As a young budding writer, he consumed literature, particularly the works of black American writers.“I read every one of the books on the shelf marked American Negro literature,” he wrote in his memoir Tell Freedom: Memories of Africa in 1954. “To (these) writings of men and women who lived a world away from me … I owe a great debt for crystallising my vague yearnings to write and for showing me the long dream was attainable.”This knowledge also inspired his political thought and his desire to capture the black South African psyche in words.Ship to LondonAfter a stint as the editor of a Durban socialist magazine in 1939, Abrahams found work aboard a ship bound for London. In the British capital, he worked as a journalist on the British Communist Party’s Daily Worker newspaper.Peter Abrahams’ 1956 novel A Wreath for Udomo was inspired by his friendships with with African intellectuals and revolutionaries in exile in the UK. The novel deals with the complex realities and conflicts between duty to nation and ideals. (Image: Justseeds website)He lived in London’s African immigrant community, meeting exiled political figures and intellectuals, including future Kenyan leader Jomo Kenyatta; Kwame Nkrumah, who would go on to lead Ghana to independence from Britain; and Trinidadian pan-Africanist George Padmore. The experience inspired his most multifaceted work, the 1956 novel A Wreath for Udomo, about political and social transitions in postcolonial Africa through the eyes of the continent’s political exiles. Renowned English literary scholar Harvey Curtis Webster called the book “the most perceptive novel … about the complex interplay between British imperialism and African nationalism”.During the 1950s, Abrahams travelled across Africa, including a return to South Africa to observe the rise of postcolonial, pan-Africanist political movements. These essays, long considered the most authoritative work on the era, were later published as Return to Goli.Settling in the CaribbeanAfter being commissioned by the British colonial office to research and write a comprehensive history of Jamaica, Abrahams wrote of the island and its people: “…in the stumbling and fumbling reaching forward of its people, is dramatized … the most hopeful image I know of the newly emerging underdeveloped world”.With his wife Daphne and their three children, he made Jamaica his home for over four decades.South Africa, however, remained foremost in his writing; in particular, it was the setting of his 1965 novel, A Night of Their Own, about the anti-apartheid underground. This inspired his 1985 magnum opus, The View From Coyaba, a detailed transgenerational novel about black struggle movements in Africa, America and the Caribbean.As he got older and the postcolonial era reached its pinnacle with the end of apartheid in the 1990s, Abrahams felt less obligation to capture the zeitgeist of black African political thought. Instead, he let new, younger literary voices speak about the evolving movement.Speaking to Caribbean Beat magazine in 2003, Abrahams said: “I became a whole person when I finally put away the exile’s little packed suitcase. When Mandela came out of jail and when apartheid ended, I ceased to have this burden of South Africa. I shed it.”Abrahams never returned to his country of birth.Overdue tribute?The Daily Maverick’s J Brooks Spector observes, in his lovingly detailed obituary of Abrahams on 25 January 2017, the often overlooked connection between South Africa and the writer, and begs an important question: “Surely there should be a (South African) library named in his honour, an endowed chair in African literature at one of the nation’s premier universities, and a publishing effort reprinting his output in a standard, uniform edition?““Embracing his memory as an early literary pioneer and impact as a writer must also take into consideration the eclecticism of his political thinking, his influence on the pan-African idea, and an ethnicity that embraced the near-totality of South African experience,” Spector concludes.Source: New York Times, Daily Maverick, South African History OnlineWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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