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Wayne C. Solomon

was born in Iere Village Princes Town, Trinidad, to Sonny Mohammed and Koolsum Ali Mohammed. His family were the descendants of indentured servants and contract workers, brought from various parts of India in the mid-nineteenth century, to cultivate sugar cane by British planters, after the end of slavery in Trinidad. The East Indians, as they were called by the British, to distinguish them from the indigenous settlers (commonly called Indians), were imported as an alternative labor source in Trinidad and other British colonies following the emancipation of enslaved Africans in 1833. In 1938, the year of Mohammed’s birth, Trinidad witnessed a wave of protests by Indian- and African-descended laborers, the prelude to the island’s eventual independence from British rule in 1962, under its first prime minister, Eric Williams.

Mohammed was born into a Muslim family His grandfather wanted him to become a Muslim scholar Among the ...