CaribWorldNews, MIAMI, FL, Thurs. Feb. 11, 2010: The life of renown Caribbean-born professor and former University of the West Indies Vice Chancellor, Rex Nettleford, will be waked today in Miami.
Father Horace Ward and the Holy Family Episcopal Church will celebrate the wake at the Parish Hall at 18501 NW 7th Ave, Miami Gardens , Fl. 33169 from 6:30 p.m. this afternoon.
Jamaican and other Caribbean nationals wishing to attend are urged to take along food, drink and story to share in this thanksgiving celebration of the life of the esteemed Vice Chancellor Emeritus of the University of the West Indies who passed away on Feb. 2 in Washington, D.C. after suffering a heart attack.
In New York, the American Foundation of the University of the West Indies (AFUWI) will be hosting a condolence book signing in remembrance of the Nettleford through Friday, February 12 from 10 AM to 2 PM at the offices of the Jamaican Consulate, 767 3rd Ave, NY, NY 10017.
Meanwhile, in Jamaica, the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture will be hosting a traditional nine night at the Ranny Williams Centre from today, February 11, in honor of Nettleford.
Principal Director of Culture in the Ministry, Sydney Bartley, told JIS News that the event will begin at 3:30 p.m. with an exhibition depicting the life of Professor Nettleford.
At about 6 p.m. there will be tributes in performances from cultural groups and individuals. Persons attending the nine night will be taken through the various forms of traditional culture such as Kumina and Nyahbinghi.
Professor Nettleford died at the George Washington Hospital in Washington D.C., hours before his 77th birthday.
His funeral service will take place at the University of the West Indies Chapel, Mona campus on Tuesday, February 16 at 10 a.m.
Ralston Milton `Rex` Nettleford was born on February 3, 1933 in Falmouth, Trelawny. Known for his involvement in the arts and his vast contribution to academia, he was a Professor of Extra Mural Studies at the UWI and also headed the Trade Union Education Institution.
As a Rhodes Scholar, he studied at Oxford University and has authored a number of books, among them `Mirror Mirror`, `Manley and the New Jamaica`, `The African Connexion`, `In Our Heritage` and `Caribbean Cultural Identity: the case of Jamaica`.
Founder of the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC), the group flourished under his guidance, winning numerous awards, and is regarded as one of the best dance ensembles in the world.