Marcus Garvey

Hat tip: Omowale Rupert

Hundreds of Afrikan people are expected to join in the celebrations on Saturday 21st August 2010 to mark the life and achievements of one of Afrika’s most celebrated sons and the 1st national hero of Jamaica. Billed as the Marcus Garvey Afrikan Family Day, this year’s theme is focuses on the plight of our children through recent experiences in Haiti, deaths in custody and gun and knife attacks.

The event will be held at Max Roach Park, Brixton, 319-335 Brixton Road, London SW9 7ND. It will feature a programme of activities for children and youth including Afrikan drumming. A plethora of progressive cultural artists will be performing. Speakers on the day include veteran community activist and leading scholar on the life and times of Marcus Garvey: Cecil Gutzmore of the University of the West Indies; youth speakers will share their perspective on the relevance of Garvey’s ideas and how they relate to young people in Britain today.

A broad range of grass roots Afrikan community organisations will also be giving messages of solidarity including representatives from the ‘Free Mumia Abu Jamal Campaign’. The day will also feature a 7 mile walk from the former home of Amy Ashwood Garvey in West London to the main event in Brixton, an Afrikan market and cultural Afrikan and Caribbean food. Entry is free and the event is open to all.

The Chair of this year’s organising committee, Minkah Adofo. said:
“Last year’s event was a tremendous success and we are expecting a spectacular commemoration this year. We are calling on young people and adults alike to come along and bring their friends. We want everybody to enjoy themselves whilst reflecting on the unity in the community that Marcus Garvey represented so well. Attending this celebration may be your first fun filled step to organising yourself and your community towards finding solutions to our problems and building a better future for all of us.”

For further information contact: Afryea on 07940 005 907 or

Editor’s Notes:
1. The Marcus Garvey Afrikan Family Day 2010: London will be held on Saturday, 21st August 12noon – 7pm, at:
Max Roach Park, Brixton Road, London SW9 7ND
Entry is free and all ages are welcome (a youth programme will be available).

2. As part of the build up to the main event, there will be a series of pre-Garvey family day workshops where his ideas will be shared and discussed. These will take place at:
Starlight Music Academy, 44-46 Offley Road, London SW9 0LS, at:
6.30pm on Friday 6th, 13th & 20th August 2010

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