The University of Johannesburg conferred on Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies (UWI), the degree of Honorary Doctor of Letters, at its Humanities convocation ceremony on May 9, 2023.
It was an emotionally moving ceremony of celebration as university students from Soweto and elsewhere, and academics, thanked Sir Hilary for his lifelong work in the advancement of global justice and the bending of scholarship in the service of democracy.
Professor Beckles was welcomed home to Africa as a son who continues to fight bravely for his people on both sides of the Atlantic.
Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, the university orator noted, “has emerged an iconic leader of the global reparations movement, a distinguished Vice-Chancellor in the arena of strategic planning for higher education, a United Nations official for sustainable development advocacy and a world-renowned historian with honorary awards from many other universities.
The combination of academic excellence, effective advocacy, and insightful administration illustrates Sir Hilary’s intellectual versatility, passion and commitment for justice, and visionary leadership.”
Sir Hilary in response thanked the university for its kindness and generosity, and noted how proud he feels to be a graduate of such an extraordinary institution.
He informed the gathering that he accepts the honour on behalf of The UWI that has long admired the University of Johannesburg for its intellectual leadership and pioneering research for African development.
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He is looking like good house N…..et
When your SLAVE MASTER start to give you honor and you accept it the rest of us are in a whole heap of trouble.
These house n…ers just cannot pass up the coffee…….
Always about self, this is how they decide and control….
All these accolades yet the world remains a messed up place.
This guy is a clown. He is honored for prancing around Ina dashiki to signify his African heritage, but wears the title of his slave masters.
The former PM of the UK knew this person is confused and out to lunch when he insulted him.
A King is not honored in his own country,
But don’t worry Sir Hilary. Many of us are very proud of your many achievements. In particular keeping the UWI at the top of the 5% of the best Universities in the world. Many have no clue what that means, let alone what a prestigious achievement this is for the entire Caribbean.
I wish you many more honors in your future life.