May 1, 2017 at 8:49 pm |
Rodney Moncur was born on November 30, 1956 to Euzera Cox and George Gilbert Moncur (both deceased) and was raised in Black Village.
His education began at Oakes Field Primary and continued at C.C. Sweeting High School, which at the time was under the tutelage of A. Leonard Archer.
Rodney has always been vocal against human injustices and is known to be an activist for the people. His activism started as early as 1974, marching with the Hon. Edmund Moxey and others to Parliament in protests of the social, political and economic exploitation of the masses. He also led successful marches for various causes:
- 1976 – against corruption in the judicial system
- 1978 – against the removal of the fruit and vegetable vendors from Woodes Rodgers Wharf to Balliou Hill Road
- 1980 – against abuse of the Local Governments in the Family Islands and was instrumental in reforming the system
- 1981 – against the increase of bus fares, which remained the same for more than a decade later
- 1982 – against the introduction of a tax on every well in every yard in the country, which was never mentioned again
- 1983 – against intolerable conditions in public schools
- 1985 – against politicians alleged involvement in the narcotics trade and presented a petition with thousands of signatures to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II during her visit
- 1986 – forces a bye-election in St. Barnabas
- 1999 – against poor conditions of the Straw Market
During the ‘80s he found himself focused on education and led a march with students to protest the conditions of schools. As a result, there was the implementation and amendment of the Education Act.
In 1984, Moncur was elected President of the Mabel Walker Primary School Parent Teacher Association.
Following the death of Sir Cecil Wallace Whitfield in 1990, Moncur led the Worker’s Party into the bye-election that was held in Marco City.
In 1991, Moncur was elected as President of the Bahamas Construction Union and in 2004, Moncur was elected Public Relations Officer of the Bahamas Taxi-Cab Union.
In 2002, Moncur presented himself to the people of Grants Town as a candidate in the 2002 General Election. Although unsuccessful in securing the seat as a Member of Parliament, Moncur has perhaps agitated and advocated more change than most sitting Members of the House.
In 2010, the Governor General of The Bahamas, His Excellency Sir Arthur Foulkes appointed Moncur as a Justice of the Peace.
Cognizant of the needs of marginalized citizens and committed to bringing to the forefront the needs of people, Moncur has led many protest and is involved in many initiatives to assist people. From 2008 to present, he has been instrumental in organizing marches for families of murder victims and has called for reformation to the Bail Act.
He was appointed as Senator on December 20th, 2016 by the Governor General on the recommendation of Loretta-Butler Turner. He serves as a Justice of the Peace for the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
Moncur is married to Gina Patricia Atherley and they are the parents of three children and two grand daughters.