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The Caribbean is mourning the passing of George Lamming

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June 7, 2022 | Colin O. Jarrett |  The Caribbean is mourning the passing of George Lamming, one of its legends who has been described as a novelist, educator and editor par excellence.

George Lamming, a Barbadian, who died on Saturday has also been described as a literacy icon.  Caribbean Community, CARICOM Secretary-General Dr Carla Barnett said the 94 year-old was an authentic Caribbean voice in conferring the Community’s highest award, the Order of the Caribbean Community, OCC on Mr Lamming in 2008.

At that time, his citation noted that CARICOM was honouring 55 years of extraordinary engagement with the responsibility of illuminating Caribbean identities, healing the wounds of erasure and fragmentation and envisioning possibilities.

The celebrated literacy icon was known for works such as In the Castle of My Skin, The Emigrants and Water with Berries.

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