The island nation of Grenada may refer to itself as the "Spice Island" for its amazing culinary diversity but older citizens of the USA will recall the 1984 U.S. military invasion of tiny Grenada ordered by President Ronald Reagan. When it was over, socialist leader Maurice Bishop and his entire cabinet were dead. Their bodies were never found and no one is certain exactly how they met their fate. By force, Grenada's economy was diverted from socialism to capitalism.
In January, Central Lakes College sociologist Gary Payne toured Grenada to get a feel for how that nation is managing its affairs on the 30th anniversary of the invasion. Payne will be presenting his photographic images in two presentations on April 3rd for CLC's Cultural Thursday Program which is free and open to the public. The early presentation will be at noon, the next at 7 p.m. Both shows will be in room E354 (lecture hall) at CLC. Come early to assure seating.
Grenada is the southernmost island of the lesser Antilles, just east of Venezuela. It is a tropical environment on an island no larger than Crow Wing County. The presentation will include the history, climate, people and animal life of the island.