Kwame Lillard Tennessee State University graduate participates in the Celebration of the Birth of Marcus Garvey – Jamaica’s First National Hero
Last month at St. Ann’s Bay Library and Marcus Garvey Technical High School events, the official announcement of the teaching of Garveyism in the civic program of all schools in Jamaica starting in September, 2012. The civic program educates students about citizenship, the structure and function of government, the importance of national symbols and emblems and other relevant information.
This announcement was made by Ronald Thwaites, Minister of Education, who stated “Marcus Garvey High School first of all, must become a school of excellence; otherwise we will do no justice to the name of Marcus Garvey. Students of Marcus Garvey, it doesn’t matter where you are now, what matters are where you are going to be next year this time.”
Also, the Liberty Hall Museum in Kingston, Jamaica who house memorabilia on the life and work of Marcus Garvey, will launch the Marcus Mosiash Garvey Mobile Museum which will allow persons residing in the rural and remote sections of the island access to information on Garvey.
Leading up to the announcement of the teachings of Garveyism, there was a parade with dancers in bright costumes, military personnel marching, and Black Cross nurses (started by Marcus Garvey) from Kingston, Jamaica, taxicabs and buses playing at 1:25 p.m. the voice of Marcus Garvey.
Ms. Jamaica, Kemesha Kelly, attended the festivals that day and was part of the organizing committee for Marcus Garvey. There was a message via satellite from Prime Minister of Jamaica, Portia Miller, about the state of Jamaica and the importance of launching the teachings of Marcus Garvey.
Many dignitaries attended both events that day.
At the Marcus Garvey High School, children from different schools performed songs by Bob Marley, dialogues about Marcus Garvey, principals talked about the new teachings and directions of schools.
All Jamaicans of all ages had smiles on their faces and pride in their hearts that day not only to celebrate Marcus Garvey’s birthday but also Jamaica’s 50th anniversary of freedom from England.
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Kwame Lillard (on right end) at Pemberton Middle School accepting Garvey Portrait donated by AACA