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  • University of the West Indies (UWI) lecturer, Dr Orville Taylor, says that National Hero, the Right Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey has left Jamaica a template for national development, which is still relevant today.
  • He also cited conferring city status on Montego Bay; turning Kingston Race Course into a national park like Hyde Park in London (National Heroes Park); providing crown lands for agriculture and the marketing of products internationally (Agriculture Marketing Corporation); and criminalising profiteering in the selling of government assets (Office of the Contractor General).
  • The ceremony also marked the 100th anniversary of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA/ACL) which was founded by Garvey. Members of the UNIA were in attendance.

University of the West Indies (UWI) lecturer, Dr Orville Taylor, says that National Hero, the Right Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey has left Jamaica a template for national development, which is still relevant today.

He was delivering the keynote address at the civic ceremony commemorating the 127th anniversary of Garvey’s birth and his 50th year as National Hero, held on August 17 at Lawrence Park, St. Ann.

Dr. Taylor argued that many of the government institutions and legislative accomplishments that Jamaica now boasts were adaptations of ideas espoused by Garvey in his People’s Political Party (PPP) 1929 manifesto.

Among these are: a greater modicum of self-government; workmen compensation for injuries on the job; establishment of a national minimum wage; appointment of court stenographers; and the creation of a legal aid department.

He also cited conferring city status on Montego Bay; turning Kingston Race Course into a national park like Hyde Park in London (National Heroes Park); providing crown lands for agriculture and the marketing of products internationally (Agriculture Marketing Corporation); and criminalising profiteering in the selling of government assets  (Office of the Contractor General).

He noted however, that some of Garvey’s dreams remain unfulfilled such as granting city status to Port Antonio, providing cheap electricity for the productive sector, among other things.

The ceremony also marked the 100th anniversary of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA/ACL) which was founded by Garvey. Members of the UNIA were in attendance.