RE-NAMING A STREET IN HONOR OF A GREAT BAJAN
Recently, Prime Minister Mia Mottley renamed a street in Speightstown to "THE KNR "DOC" HUSBANDS HIGHWAY". Cousin, Mr. Austin Husbands was kind enough to forward me his Curriculum Vitae as follows:
Kenmore Nathaniel Rhystone, "Doc" Husbands, born 28th of May, 1905.
* The first black Speaker of the House of Assembly.
* Educated: St. Peter's Boys School, Coleridge, and Harrison College.
* Taught at Black Bess, and St. Peter's Boys school.
* Was President of the St. Peter branch of the "Working Men's Association; a Boy Scout Leader, and
Assistant General Secretary of the Barbados Workers Union.
* Entered politics, and after unsuccessfully courting the St. George and St. James constituencies, won the St.
Peter seat in a by-election in 1947.
* Became the first black Speaker in 1948.
* After the 1956 Election, he was replaced by Hugh Gordon Cummins.
* In 1958, H. G. Cummins became Premier, replacing Grantley Adams, who was elected Prime Minister of
the West Indies Federal Government.
* In 1961, after a rift with the BLP, he contested the election as "The Lone Member of the BLP".
* On 18th December 1968, he was sworn in as Minister of Labour, Agriculture, and National Insurance,
under the DLP, lead by Errol Barrow.
* He retired from active politics in 1971, and returned to teaching at his home.
* He was Knighted on 28th August, 1990.
* Died 31st August, 1991.
* Son of Ada (nee Belle).
* Brother of Herman, Llewellyn, and Belle Husbands.
* Father of O. Keith Husbands (former Post Master General).
* Uncle of Gray.
* Nephew of Henry ("Harry "), Iris , and Daisy.
A humorous addition to the resume is:
*Cousin of nuff nuff uh we...
Congratulations to you and your family, Mr. Husbands. We Bajans extend our gratitude for the service of your relative, KNR "DOC" Husbands and also congratulate him, posthumously, on his namesake highway.