Today is being observed as the 125th anniversary of the birth of Jamaica’s first national hero, Marcus Mosiah Garvey. He was born in St Ann on August 17, 1887, and died in London, England on Monday, June 10, 1940.
Marcus Garvey: Jamaica’s First National Hero
Marcus Garvey was declared Jamaica’s first National Hero on Sunday, November 15, 1964. On this day his remains were interred in National Heroes Square at George IV Memorial Park. This park was later renamed National Heroes Park.
During the ceremony to enshrine Garvey’s remains, the Minister of Development and Welfare, the Hon. Edward Seaga, stated the following as the reason for Garvey being named a National Hero (The Daily Gleaner, Monday, November 16, 1964, pg. 1):
Garvey’s stage was not Jamaica; it was the continents of coloured peoples. Yet he is a national hero of Jamaica because his thoughts and his works carried a message which definitely helped to shape and structure the whole character of the people of his own country, among millions of other peoples throughout the world.
Marcus Garvey Day – August 17
Today, August 17, 2012, is also the first Marcus Garvey Day, which was so declared in a resolution passed by the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) on Tuesday, August 14, 2012, to posthumously present the Keys to the City of Kingston to him on this day. The details on this can be read in this Jamaica Observer article, KSAC declares August 17 Marcus Garvey Day.
Further Marcus Garvey Resources
There is quite a bit out there about Marcus Garvey so I thought it best to provide you with some of these links instead of doing a post on his life:
- diGJamaica, The Life And Times Of Marcus Garvey
- JIS, National Heroes
- NLJ, National Heroes
- The National Library of Jamaica (NLJ) also posted a photo album comprising six photos of Marcus Garvey on their Facebook page.
Here are some news articles published during this week on Garvey and his legacy:
Jamaica Information Service (JIS):
- Keys to the City of Kingston for Garvey (Date published: Wednesday, August 15, 2012)
- Special Focus on Marcus Garvey (Date published: Wednesday, August 15, 2012)
- Gov’t Declares August 17 Marcus Garvey Day (Date published: Friday, August 17, 2012)
- Be Inspired by Marcus Garvey and Transform Jamaica Today says Prime Minister Simpson Miller (Date published: Friday, August 17, 2012)
- Marcus Garvey’s Son In Jamaica For Celebrations (Date published: Thursday, August 16, 20120)
- Marcus Garvey Syllabus For Secondary Schools To Be Launched Today (Date published: Friday, August 17, 2012)
- KSAC declares August 17 Marcus Garvey Day (Date published: Wednesday, August 15, 2012)
- String of events for Marcus Garvey Day (Date published: Friday, August 17, 2012)
- Black Star Liner – Fred Locks recalls tribute to Garvey (Date published: Friday, August 17, 2012)
Until next time…
The Daily Gleaner, Monday, November 16, 1964