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Marcus Garvey


Event: 19th Annual Marcus Garvey Day Celebration Caribbean Gospel Explosion 2009!


Date: To Be Determined

Time: 1 to 6 p.m.

Price: FREE!

Location: WorldBeat Cultural Center, 2100 Park Blvd. San Diego, CA.

Call: (619) 230-1190


WorldBeat Cultural Center Presents 18th Annual Marcus Garvey Day Celebration Caribbean Gospel Explosion 2008! with Lynette White, Monty G & Lion of Judah, KristineAlicia, Wayne Stoddart, Reubin Heights, Najie Dunn, Joan Meyers, Jozanne Marie…and more!!!

Caribbean Gospel is established and is experiencing tremendous growth worldwide. Caribbean Gospel music in Southern California stems from an interest in embracing cultures that comprise California's diverse population. And celebrating the Caribbean gospel roots, concert goers can look to Marcus Mosiah Garvey, one of the greatest leaders African people. Born August 17, 1887 in St. Ann's Bay, Jamaica, he spent his life in the service of his African family of people. He was bold, uncompromising and a powerful orator. He could bring audiences to a heightened state of excitement. Garvey emphasized racial pride with the goal of obtaining redemption and liberation of African people around the planet.

Garvey left school at the age of 14, working as a printer's apprentice. He participated in Jamaica's earliest nationalist organizations, traveled throughout Central America, and spent time in London, England, where he worked with the Sudanese-Egyptian nationalist Duse Mohamed Ali. In 1916 Garvey was invited by Booker T. Washington to come to the United States in the hopes of establishing an industrial training school, but arrived just after Washington died. In March 1916, shortly after landing in America, Garvey embarked upon an extended period of travel. When he finally settled down, he organized a chapter of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League. The UNIA & ACL had been formed in Jamaica in 1914. Its motto was "One God, One Aim, One Destiny," and pledged itself to the redemption of Africa and the uplift of Black people everywhere. It aimed at race pride, self-reliance and economic independence.

Within a few years Garvey had become the best-known and most dynamic African leader in the Western Hemisphere and perhaps the entire world. In 1919 Mr. Garvey created an international shipping company called the Black Star Line. By 1920 the UNIA had hundreds of divisions. It hosted elaborate international conventions and published a weekly newspaper entitled the Negro World.

No other organization in modern times has had the prestige and the impact as the UNIA & ACL. During the 1920s UNIA divisions existed throughout North, South and Central America, the Caribbean, Africa, Europe and Australia.



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