Dr. Hollis “Chalkdust” Liverpool

Dr. Hollis “Chalkdust” Liverpool



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Co-Founder of SUNSHINE Awards Hall of Fame & Chairman of Nomination Committee


Dr. Hollis “Chalkdust” Liverpool is the Co-founder of the SUNSHINE Awards Hall of Fame and the Chairman of the Nomination Network Committee and a member of the Global Strategic Team. He is a university professor, author, researcher, historian, and calypsonian and is a member of the Board of Governors of the University of Trinidad and Tobago. He has written many books including, Rituals of Power & Rebellion – The Carnival Tradition in Trinidad & Tobago 1763 to 1962 (2001)Calypso: Its Growth and Function in Trinidad and Tobago Society (1974).  A commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Abolition of Slavery – 1834 to 1984 and Calypsonians to Remember (2002). As Professor of Calypso Arts at the University of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Liverpool has conceived, developed, designed, and implemented the “Saving the Calypso” lecture series. His lectures cover various social and political topics and are often described as his unselfish way of sharing his knowledge and research to benefit society.

Dr. Liverpool is the recipient of many awards and recognitions including Trinidad and Tobago’s highest national award — the Order of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (ORTT), The Netherlands Government’s “Prince Claus Award” for contribution/inroads into the culture and the SUNSHINE Awards Merit Award. He also won the Calypso Monarch Competition of Trinidad and Tobago on nine occasions.

He played an active role in securing approval from the Mandela Family and the Nelson Mandela Foundation to establish the Nelson Mandela Human Rights Achievement SUNSHINE Award. He also wrote the criteria for the Award which was unanimously approved by the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Dr. Liverpool sees his involvement in the SUNSHINE Awards Organization as his unique and special way to uplift the spirits and enhance the pride in all the great men and women for whom the SUNSHINE Awards Program was founded.

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