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CFVI Awards Grant to Make Accessible Revised Organic Act of 1954 - Sekou & Leary to Undertake Task

Virgin Islanders everywhere will soon have user-friendly access to the founding documents of the U.S. Virgin Islands.  University of the Virgin Islands Professor of Political Science and History, Dr. Malik Sekou has been awarded a grant in the amount of $20,000 from the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI) for the purpose of creating an integrated, easily accessible, plain language brochure of the Revised Organic Act of 1954, that provides both the legislation and its amendments in both electronic and hard copy formats. This project is a collaborative effort between Dr. Sekou and professor emeritus Dr. Paul Leary. Dr. Leary served as professor of Political Science at the University for 25 years before retiring in 1997. 

The Revised Organic Act of 1954 declared the Virgin Islands to be an unincorporated territory, and completely reorganized its government, abolishing the two existing municipals with their separate municipal government councils and joint legislative assembly, and creating a single territorial government with a single legislature. This act made comprehensive and complete provisions for the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government, defining their duties and imposing many specific limitations upon them. 

More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of the UVI - and from this direct link