WorldBeat Cultural Center Presents
the 38th Annual Marcus Garvey Day Celebration
A tribute to Marcus and Amy Garvey
Live music by
Hempress Sativa w/ Lestarfari Band
Nyabinghi Priest, Prof-I
with DJ Lulu
and special guest speakers from UNIA
Indoor and Outdoor Event
Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr. was born in St. Ann’s Bay, Jamaica on August 17, 1887. In 1910, he began traveling throughout Central America, the Caribbean and Europe. In his travels, he saw that Black people of the time owned nothing, regardless of where he went in the world, and were not united. He was determined to do something about it.
So, in 1914, he returned to Jamaica and founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association (U.N.I.A.). The purpose of the organization was “to unite all people of African ancestry of the world to one great body to establish a country and absolute government of their own”.
Garvey moved to Harlem in 1916. He started speaking on street corners at night and lecturing at various halls and churches, spreading his powerful message of unity, social freedom, political freedom and economic freedom for Black people. Garvey had an amazing ability to communicate his ideas in a way that Black people could “feel” and relate to. In May of 1916, Garvey began a historic 38-state tour and took the United States by storm.
The impact of Marcus Garvey has been huge. Inspired by his ideas, over 30 African countries have declared their freedom, and many sport Garvey’s red, black and green colors in their flag. Many Black leaders like the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm X, Dr. Martin Luther King, Minister Louis Farrakhan and more, have all publicly stated that they were inspired by Marcus Garvey. In 1969, the parliament of Jamaica proclaimed Marcus Garvey as the country’s first national hero.