DR Julius Garvey (centre), son of Jamaica’s first National Hero, the Right Excellent Marcus Garvey, waves a symbolic key to the city of Kingston which was bestowed on him Friday by the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) at a special function at Emancipation Park.
Mayor of Kingston, Angella Brown Burke proclaimed that August 17 would henceforth be observed as Marcus Garvey Day. Town Clerk Errol Greene read a citation honouring the National Hero prior to the presentation of the Key.
Dr Garvey said that it had taken his father being recognised for his contribution to the civil rights movement outside of Jamaica to earn him recognition within Jamaica; adding that much of what had been done for Garvey in Jamaica in the past “was cosmetic and wasn’t deep in the Jamaican psyche”. He paid tribute to the Rastafari movement for keeping his father’s name alive in Jamaica through the years and noted that Garvey’s words, having travelled around the world, “have since come back to Jamaica, in full force”.
Marcus Mosiah Garvey was born on August 17, 1887. He died in 1940 in England, but his body was brought back to Jamaica in 1964 and reinterred at National Heroes Park in Kingston.