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John La Rose

(1927—2006) trade unionist, publisher, and poet


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(1927–2006). Poet, essayist, publisher, film-maker, trade unionist, and cultural and political activist. La Rose was born in Arima, Trinidad, where his father was a cocoa trader and his mother a teacher. At 9 he won a scholarship to St Mary's College, Port of Spain, where he later taught before becoming an insurance executive. He later also taught in Venezuela. Culture, politics, and trade unionism were central to his vision of change. He was an executive member of the Youth Council in Trinidad and produced their fortnightly radio programme Noise of Youth for Radio Trinidad. In the mid-1950s he co-authored, with the calypsonian Raymond Quevedo (‘Atilla the Hun’), a pioneering study of calypso entitled Kaiso: A Review (republished in 1983 as Atilla's Kaiso).

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From The Oxford Companion to Black British History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: British History.


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