The Israel Lovell Foundation is a registered charity founded in 1990, named after Pan Africanist Israel Lovell who was born in Workmans, St. George and later moved to My Lords Hill, St. Michael. The building housing the Foundation was also once the home of Sir Winston Scott, Barbados’ first native Governor General.
The organisation caters to the needs of marginalised members of surrounding communities, who experience poverty, sub-standard education, lack of marketable skills and persons who have been
isolated from the mainstream of civil society.
The objective of the organisation is to uplift the quality of life of people in the immediate community and the surrounding areas, through educational, cultural, entrepreneurial, physical and self-development programmes.
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Who was Israel Lovell?
Israel Daniel Lovell was a patriotic activist and Pan Africanist from a Barbadian working class background. He was born in the district of Workmans in the parish of Saint Michael around 1881 and later moved to My Lord’s Hill in the parish of Saint Michael.
The teachings of Marcus Garvey had a great impact on Lovell’s life, shaping him as he became the President of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) Barbados chapter.
Against this background, one can understand why Lovell became a major force in the 1937 liberation struggle, which ushered in the fundamental changes in the political and socio-economic life of Barbados. Lovell’s efforts, along with comrades Clement Payne, Darnley Alleyne, Mortimer Skeete, Ulric Grant and Menzies Chase deserve to be credited with the status of National Heroes, for their efforts and sacrifices paved the way for the democratic advantages that both the descendants of their enemies and friends now enjoy.
Throughout his militant life Lovell consistently argued the case against race and class discrimination. His philosophy was shaped and fueled by the drive to see his own people achieve economic enfranchisement and political liberation from the old Colonial British oppressors. Lovell was more than a Reformist, he was a radical who called for fundamental change.
Consequently, he demanded the extension of the franchise so that more Blacks would qualify in the electoral process and he deplored the encumbrances that denied such an opportunity based on colour, wealth or property. He advocated the need for self-government and a more humane and equitable distribution of the wealth of the nation.