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MARCUS GARVEY CELEBRATED

In various countries like those of the Caribbean, US, Canada and the UK, the legacy and vast contribution of Garvey are still being acknowledged, remembered, discussed and celebrated. ‘Marcus Garvey Celebrations’ are events designed with the family in mind and are presented on the weekend closest to the 17th of August each year – this being the Birth Date of Mr. Garvey. A Canadian organization called the Black Unification Network uses the celebrations to address ways in which the teachings of Marcus Garvey can be applied to assist in the quest to heal the effects of enslavement. These events are designed to educate, stimulate and broaden minds to a cultural reality and encourage Youth to aspire for excellence and self-reliance by respecting the experiences of their Elders.

During Black History Month in the UK, various events reflect upon and cite the achievements of Marcus Garvey, be it in schools or at other cultural activities throughout the month of October. There have continually been calls for the compulsory teaching of Black history, to be taught as part of the school curriculum and therefore this would provide an ideal opportunity to both inform Teachers and Pupils alike about the contribution and influence of Black Icons in a historical context. At a time when many commentators cite the reasons for ‘Black under-achievement’ in schools and academic life is due to the lack of Role Models and Leaders to set examples for them to aspire to. Many of those Pupils and Students would benefit from learning about Marcus Garvey and his involvement in Media, Politics, Economic Empowerment, Community Activism, Cultural Advancement, Self Reliance, Determination and Focus.

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