JIS News

The annual Garvey Extravaganza will be staged this Sunday (August 17), at the Joseph C. Carter Park in Sunrise, Florida, to commemorate the 121st birthday of Jamaica’s first National Hero, the Right Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey.
This year’s event will coincide with the annual Pan African Bookfest, organised by the Broward County Library Foundation and the Rootz Foundation, Inc.
During the day, a variety-packed programme will offer family activities, including storytelling, book reading and signing by several local authors, performances through song and dance, as well as a holistic health fair and screenings.
The event will also feature a recreation of Garvey’s Liberty Hall headquarters, located in Downtown Kingston. A multi-media exhibition will showcase photographs, art and information about the historical life and times of the National Hero. The event is free to the public.
Marcus Garvey pioneered the Liberty Hall concept in Harlem, New York, after he organised and led the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), the largest international mass movement of black people.
Liberty halls were located wherever there was a local branch of the UNIA, and these locations were venues for monthly meetings, speeches, political rallies and other cultural events.
During the cultural celebration, the Liberty Hall re-enactment will be the forum for guest speaker, Sengore Baye, who was the first Assistant Secretary General of the UNIA.
Marcus Garvey was born in St. Ann’s Bay on August 17, 1887. During his career, he travelled extensively, observing the poor working and living conditions of black people.