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Belize's Ambassador Adalbert Tucker International!

It is only a few Belizeans, or may be none at all, that has held the international stature of Belizean Economist and Pan-Africanist, Adalbert 'Bert' Tucker. His incredible body of work as an economist with a progressive philosophy for development is hardly shared not even by the government for which he worked for in the last days of his life. As a matter of fact, the United Democratic Party (UDP) government Prime Minister, Dean Barrow, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wlifred 'Sedi' Elrington for which he became their loyal Ambassador of Trade, the Caribbean and Africa, did not even attend his funeral. But the international recognition of which this man has received, from the shores of the Caribbean and Latin America, to the continent of Africa, because of his work with the United Nations in the 1980's in sustainable development, has brought a deep respect for Belize and Belizeans. This feature highlights a ceremony honoring a street in his name, in Belize's capital city, Belmopan, by the embassy of the Bolivian Republic of Venezuela to Belize of which Tucker worked tirelessly with, to secure Venezuelan medical, financial, and oil aid to the struggling economy of Belize, and of which he was a personal friend of the late Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez. He also was the precursor to Belize's reparations commission where his passion for justice was most brilliantly seen. Before that, Ambassador Adalbert Tucker worked as an economic consultant with the Michael Manley government of Jamaica, the Maurice Bishop New Jewel Movement of Grenada, and the Ghanian government of Flight Lieutenant and President, Jerry Rawlings in the 1970's and 1980's. To date, he has become one of Belize's most accomplished dignitaries in the international community, where his work for Belize was championed with a passionate spirit for change and true political independence.

  • Bilal Morris
  • Bilal Morris
  • Kalifa Productions
  • Ambassador Adalbert Tucker of Belize, Deputy Mayor Anna Banner Guy of Belize, Alfredo Gongora of Belize Reparations Commission, Professor Cesar Ross of the University of Belize, Ambassador Noel Perez Marcano of Venezuela, & Ambassador Elizabeth Tucker-Arthurs of Belize.
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Director Biography - Bilal Morris

Bilal Morris is a journalist that has written on a wide aspect of events that include politics, culture, history, world music and Islam. He is a Muslim from Belize in Central America, and has covered a lot of issues relating to Muslims in Central America and the Caribbean. He is an educator with the Los Angeles Unified School District and a documentary filmmaker.

Morris was born in Belize, Central America and received a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Broadcast Journalism at California State University, Los Angeles. He also produced the award winning Caribbean issues magazine show on KPFK Los Angeles called Belize Caribbean Pulse from 1986 to 1996. His production company Kalifa Production is based in Los Angeles, California, where he produced documentary films and music.

He has also written and produced many documentaries on Belize including Islam In Espanol, Leonides Sanchez & The Special Truth, Abdul Marin Nunez & Afrocentric Social Work, Alexander Marin & The Closure of Lynam College, bredda David: The Real Story, Voices From The Belizean Diaspora & The Guatemalan Claim, Belize's Harrington Trapp: Same Old Me, Nelson Fuller: Legendary Belizean Artist & Drummer, Linda Lewis: Belize's Most Celebrated Athlete of All Times, and When We Were Queens: Belize Black Female Athletes.

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Director Statement

I'm driven by a statement of the arts that says: "The art of a person begins when someone in the community feels the urge to create." This profound statement was revealed to me in an essay by Belize's present Governor General, Dr. Colville Young, who is also one of Belize's most acclaimed musical composers, linguist, and artistic director. He taught me English in High School in Belize, and had us write that most motivating essay beginning with those words. My objective is to educate people about people in the world.