A People's Historical Journey to Self Determination & Decolonization

The Ay Ay Islands, (f.k.a.) The Danish West Indies, (n.k.a.) Virgin Islands of the United States

Day in history - October 1, 1878

"Each October 1 (Contract Day) workers were allowed to leave their plantations and enter into contracts with new plantation owners. On October 1, 1878, workers gathered on the island of St. Croix to protest wages and the harsh living conditions they were forced to live in. This gathering turned into a riot. Participants threw stones at Danish soldiers, who soon barricaded themselves in the town Fort on the island. The riots were said to be organized and led by three women: Mary Thomas, Axeline Elizabeth Salomon, and Mathilda McBean."

Fiyahbun 1878: Reflections 2020 Panel Discussion 142nd Anniversary of October 1st St. Croix Fiyahbun Labor Uprising Facilitated/Sponsored by VI Caribbean Cultural Center @ University of the Virgin Islands Panelists:

Caroline A. Browne Asar K.R. Herishetapaheru Oceana James Dr. George A. Franklin/ Dr. ZAY Eldress Stephanie Scott-Williams Moderator Dr. Chenzira Davis Kahina, VICCC Director: Web: #VICCC365 Email:



The Liberation of the Enslaved People of the Danish West Indies

On July 2, 1848, the enslaved inhabitants of the Danish West Indies liberated themselves from the brutality of the Danish system of slavery. The enslaved people gave Governor Peter von Scholten a 4 p.m. deadline to liberate them. After seeing more than 8,000 enslaved people gathered and silently awaiting his decision, he knew any refusal or delay would mean destruction of the towns and plantations and many would be killed. He had no choice and declared, "Alle unfrie paa de Danske Vestindiske oer ere fra dags dato frigivne." "All unfree in the Danish West Indies are from today free." This resulted in the Emancipation Proclamation issued by then Governor Peter Von Scholten on July 3, 1848.


Enlightenment, Empowerment & Research

A People's Historical Journey to Self-Determination & Decolonization provides information that requires skills of discernment which may cause symptoms of cognitive dissonance. The use of knowledge is Power. Enjoy.



“Virgin Islanders, a quiet and humble people should not be allowed to rule themselves for one hundred years and when so, should be done under white rule for there are militants among them."  Naval Governor Sumner Ely Wetmore Kittelle of the newly created Virgin Islands of the United States in 1922.

Virgin Islanders have not thoroughly exercised their rights as stipulated by the “Treaties & Resolutions” to accomplishing Self-Determination/Decolonization.  A group of “grass roots” Virgin Islanders have come together and created "A People's Historical Journey To Self-Determination & Decolonization” to go beyond the Centennial activities of 2017. This journey will explore the historical events that had significant impact on Self-Determination of the Virgin Islands prior to and after the transfer. Our goal is to bring an end to the 100 years of white government rule of the People of the Virgin Islands through and by the establishment of a Political Status and Constitution of the Virgin Islands by 2021.

Introduction to The People's Historical Journey 2 Self-Determination & Decolonization


APHJ2SDD - WSTA March 4, 2017



Timeline of the Ay Ay Islands

Timeline of the Ay Ay Islands, f.k.a. The Danish West Indies, n.k.a. the Virgin Islands of the United States

Historic Timeline of the Caribbean: Amerindians to Present-Day (With a concentration on the history of the Virgin Islands in general and St. Croix in particular) Historic Timeline from CHANT

Crucian Heritage and Nature Tourism, Inc.



On April 6, 1917, the United States officially declared war on Germany.

"In early 1917, Germany sent Mexico a coded message promising portions of U.S. land in return for Mexico joining World War I against the United States. The message was intercepted by Britain, translated, and shown to the United States. This brought the war to U.S. soil, giving the U.S. a real reason to enter the war on the side of the Allies."


The Balfour Declaration was a November 2, 1917 letter from British Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour to Lord Rothschild that made public the British support of a Jewish homeland in Palestine.







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19 Jun 2018 - 7th plenary meeting, Special Committee on the Situation with regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples



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VI Youth Advocacy Coalition, Inc. (VIYAC) - Is a broad based coalition of organizations and individuals committed to increasing political and civic involvement and overall voter participation of Virgin Islanders, ages 14-30. VIYAC is youth led and dedicated to educating young voters who have not been full participants in the political processes, namely the electoral and legislative systems. VIYAC aims, through civic education, voter literacy, and leadership development training, to educate youth and young adults on how to identify issues, to influence public policy and how to become a more effective participant in the democratic governance of the Virgin Islands (U.S.).


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