Jamaica’s first national hero will be regaled by a parade through Brooklyn. Culminating with a concert and revelry, the 125th anniversary of the birth of Marcus Garvey will be remembered on Saturday, Aug. 18.
Starting at noon, at Avenue D & Albany Ave., the event will also honor the island’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller and pay tribute to Jamaica’s 50th anniversary of independence.
Co-ordinated by Paul “Jah Paul” Haughton, the publisher of Revelation Rastafari Newspaper, the annual celebration is expected to attract “conscious humans who believe in One Love.”
It was Garvey’s aim to promote “One Love, One Aim, One destiny,” in his quest for unity.
Born in 1887 in St. Anne’s, Jamaica, Garvey founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association at age 27. It was then that the motto of the organization – “‘One God! One Aim! One Destiny” was adopted. “Therefore, let justice be done to all mankind, realizing that if the strong oppresses the weak, confusion and discontent will ever mark the path of man but with love, faith and charity towards all the reign of peace and plenty will be heralded into the world and the generations of men shall be called Blessed.”
Since his passing in 1940, many have broadened his hope by engaging “one God,” “one heart,” and “one truth” to emphasize determined unity.
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