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  • The 100th anniversary of the establishment of the UNIA was commemorated by the Jamaican Embassy, in Washington, D.C., on July 17.
  • Ambassador Vasciannie cited Marcus Garvey’s heroic status in Jamaica and other parts of the world, and explored reasons for Garvey’s iconic standing.
  • He suggested that Garvey’s prominence and overall impact are to be explained by the “special combination of vision and commitment that Marcus Garvey presented to the world during his 52 years, between 1887 and 1940.”

The 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Universal Negro Improvement Association–African Communities League (UNIA), formed by National Hero, the Right Excellent Marcus Garvey, was commemorated by the Jamaican Embassy, in Washington, D.C., on July 17.

At the ceremony, Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Stephen Vasciannie; President General of the UNIA, Mr. Senghor Baye, and Assistant President General, Mr. Akili Nkrumah, gave reflections on the contribution of Marcus Garvey to the UNIA’s progress.

Ambassador Vasciannie cited Marcus Garvey’s heroic status in Jamaica and other parts of the world, and explored reasons for Garvey’s iconic standing.  He suggested that Garvey’s prominence and overall impact are to be explained by the “special combination of vision and commitment that Marcus Garvey presented to the world during his 52 years, between 1887 and 1940.”

“We still look for Garvey in the whirlwind because his vision and commitment themselves created a magnificent whirlwind on behalf of the poor and the dispossessed, and because he stood firmly for the rights of all black people, at home and abroad – under the special banner – ‘One God, One Aim, One Destiny’,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mr. Baye emphasized the continuing relevance of Marcus Garvey in the lives of persons in the Diaspora, and spoke of the significant contribution made by women to the work of the UNIA. He also lauded the Government for having issues relating to Marcus Garvey placed on the school curriculum.

Both Mr. Baye and Mr.  Nkrumah expressed gratitude to the Jamaican Embassy for its support in commemorating the UNIA’s significant milestone, with Mr. Nkrumah stressing the links between the UNIA and Jamaica’s motto – ‘Out of Many One People’.

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