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THE JAMAICA PROGRESSIVE LEAGUE AND THE BRONX BOROUGH PRESIDENT TO CELEBRATE MARCUS GARVEY AUGUST 20!

Marcus Garvey (c.) attended the renaming of the ship General G.W. Goethals to the S.S Booker T. Washington in 1925, after the ship was sold to Garvey’s Universal Negro Improvement Association.NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Marcus Garvey (c.) attended the renaming of the ship General G.W. Goethals to the S.S Booker T. Washington in 1925, after the ship was sold to Garvey’s Universal Negro Improvement Association.

Jamaican national hero Marcus Mosiah Garvey, who continues to get much respect in the island country and diaspora communities around the world, will be recognized on Aug. 20 at a ceremony in the Bronx.

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and the Jamaica Progressive League organization will commemorate the 128th anniversary of Garvey’s birth in at a free event at the Bronx County Building, 851 Grand Concourse, starting at 5:30 p.m. There will be music and traditional Jamaican food at the affair.

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Universal Negro Improvement Association leader Marcus Garvey (r.) in Harlem parade along Lenox Ave. in 1922.

 

Back in 1965, after laying a wreath at Garvey’s grave, the Rev. Martin Luther King summed up the Jamaican leader impact on history: “He was the first man of color in the history of the United States to lead and develop a mass movement. He was the first man on a mass scale and level to give Negroes a sense of dignity and destiny, and make the Negro feel that he was somebody.”

Garvey, born in Saint Ann’s Bay, Jamaica, on Aug. 17, 1887, founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association, an international organization that boasted millions of members worldwide. To RSVP for the Bronx event, call (718) 994-5496. Visit the Jamaica Progressive League online atwww.jamaicaprogressiveleague-ny.com. Visit the Bronx Borough President’s website at bronxboropres.nyc.gov

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