Did you know Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr., Order of National Hero (OHN-Jamaica) was born on August 17, 1887?

Garvey was a proponent of black nationalism in Jamaica and especially the United States. He was a leader of a mass movement called Pan-Africanism and he founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL).

Garvey also founded the Black Star Line and passenger line which promoted the return of the African diaspora to their ancestral lands. Although most American black leaders condemned his methods and his support for racial segregation, Garvey attracted a large following.

Did you know these are some quotes from Marcus Mosiah Garvey?

“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”

“Do not remove the kinks from your hair–remove them from your brain.”

“Africa for the Africans… at home and abroad.”

“We must give up the silly idea of folding our hands and waiting on God to do everything for us. If God had intended for that, then he would not have given us a mind. Whatever you want in life, you must make up your mind to do it for yourself.”

On Pride – “The Black skin is not a badge of shame, but rather a glorious symbol of national greatness.”

Honoring Loved Ones – “It is the duty of faithful to protect the interests of those who precede them into eternity.”

On the Value of Knowing Your History – “If you do not know what went on before you came here and what is happening at the time you live, but away from you, you will not know the world and will be ignorant of the world and mankind.”

On Not Limiting Yourself – “God and Nature first made us what we are, and then out of our own created genius we make ourselves what we want to be. Follow always that great law. Let the sky and God be our limit and Eternity our measurement.”

Did you know Marcus Garvey captivated the imagination of St. Lucians?

In October 1937 Marcus Garvey visited St. Lucia, where he was given a rousing welcome at Clarke’s Theatre.

A History of St. Lucia by Harmsen, Ellis & Devaux – 2012
Selected Writings and Speeches of Marcus Garvey by Bob Blaisdell – 2005

This feature runs every Tuesday and Thursday. It is compiled by daughter of the soil Anselma Aimable, a former agricultural officer and former correspondent for Caribbean Net News, who has a deep interest in local culture and history. Send ideas and tips to [email protected] 


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