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Church dealt with 1970 criticisms admirably

The entry into the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Port of Spain by leaders of the National Joint Action Committee (NJAC) and the people was one of the most significant moments in the history of the 1970 Black Power Revolution in Trinidad and Tobago.

That single moment sparked a series of events which led to a significant transformation, not just for the Catholic Church but the spiritual order and the religious landscape of the Caribbean.

“It brought wide changes throughout the Church because it was felt that the Church was on the wrong side of justice. It [was] felt that the Church was elitist, and it [was] felt as the Church was not practising what they preached,” NJAC Political Leader Brother Kwasi Mutema said in his address at a commemorative service in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Black Power Revolution on Ash Wednesday.

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