On this auspicious occasion of the 50th anniversary of LSA, I would like to reflect with you on some contemporary challenges facing the Liberia research community.
In the midst of the current 2017 elections season, I have read many flippant remarks about the imminent peaceful transfer of presidential power as a first in Liberian history.
Amidst the hustle and bustle of the impending 170th independence anniversary and political campaigning comes the death in his 61st year of Forkpa H. Kemah, one of a very small number of professionally trained Liberian librarians and archivists.
Once again I bring to the community of Liberia scholars the sad news of the passing of a renowned scholar of the Liberian experience. Professor Svend E. Holsoe, an expert on the Vai people and an avid and unrelenting collector of things Liberian passed away at a Philadelphia hospital on the morning of May 4, 2017 after a protracted illness at age 78.
Our ranks have been thinned by the passing on April 25, 2017 in Maryland, U.S.A. of Dr. Alpha Bah, one of the very few Liberians trained as a professional historian.