Makandal Daaga passes on

Monday, August 8, 2016 - 14:00

The founder and former political leader of the National Joint Action Committee (NJAC) and long time activist Makandal Daaga has died.

Daaga had been ailing over the past year from a number of complications.

He had suffered several strokes and quite recently an attack of the flu further weakened his immune system.

He died at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital at 1.35pm.

Daaga was most recently known as one of the five leaders of the People's Partnership that formed the government on May 24th, 2010.

He had signed NJAC into the Fyzabad Accord to join with the United National Congress, the Movement for Social Justice, the Tobago Organisation of the People and the Congress of the People.

He was later made Caricom Ambassador Extraordinare.

But Daaga, who was born Geddes Granger, will more certainly be remembered for his role as a former revolutionary and a man who struggled for the equality of black people.

He was the leader of the 1970 Black Power Revolution during which he was he was arrested and charged.

He rallied against inequalities towards black citizens in Trinidad.

Many believe that it was because of the efforts of Daaga and other in the Black Power Movement, that nationals of African descent can now work in banks, lead in organisations and achieve the same status that only white citizens were capable of achieving.