On August 17, 1887, St Ann gave birth to Marcus Mosiah Gavey Jnr. This man later became a journalist, publisher, councillor, founder of Jamaica's first modern political party (People's Political Party), founder of the United Negro Improvement Association and a national hero.
As a man of humble beginnings, Garvey demonstrated that education, a clear vision, and ambition forms the vehicle for upward mobility. His belief that our strength to make a change rested in our ability to unite as a people catapulted him into the icon he is today.
This measure of a man, as described by his own father, was 'severe, bold and strong, refusing to yield to superior forces if he believed he was right', lending credence to the argument that one should do what is right and not what is popular. It is important that as young people we strive to emulate these characteristics if we intend to effect any meaningful change within our society.
As a youth organization, we embrace Marcus Garvey as an inspiration because of his tireless efforts to honour and execute his beliefs regarding the upliftment of the black nation. Garvey's statement, 'Up you mighty race, accomplish what you will', speaks volumes to the power that we have as individuals and as a people. Therefore, in true Garvey fashion, we challenge the young people of Jamaica not to yield to their present circumstances, but be consistent in developing themselves, to inspire someone around them, to get involved in the process so that we may become the agents of positive change.
The teachings of Marcus Garvey are as pertinent now as they were years ago and as such it is our hope that young people will be inspired on this the celebration of his birth to become visionaries, independent, proactive thinkers and great leaders.
The St Ann Chapter of Generation 2000 lauds the contribution of this our first National Hero on his 126th birthday.
Generation 2000 (G2K) -- St Ann