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Impact of Garveyism to be discussed at Kingston forum tomorrow

Saturday, July 19, 2014    

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THE second session of the Independence Signature Conversations will take place tomorrow at the Institute of Jamaica's (IOJ) East Street complex in downtown Kingston.

The three-hour session, which starts at 2:00 pm, is entitled: 'Up Ye Mighty Race: Garveyism and the National Agenda'.

It will explore the profound impact of the teachings of Jamaica's first National Hero Marcus Mosiah Garvey, as the country marks the 100th anniversary since he formed the Universal Negro Improvement Association.

The discussions are expected to highlight the extent to which Garvey's philosophy and teachings have influenced Jamaica's economic, political, and cultural development.

Director and curator of the Jamaica Music Museum, Herbie Miller, said the sessions aim to educate audiences about the Jamaican culture. "It will enlighten individuals of the groundbreaking efforts established by cultural pioneers, many of whom have been submerged in the consciousness of those engaged in the discourse surrounding culture," he said.

Head of the Department of History and Archaeology at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Professor Verene Shepherd will lead the discussion, with contributions from director of culture in education programme at the Ministry of Education, Amina Blackwood Meeks; chairman of the Jamaica Association of Composers, Authors and Publishers Limited, Steven Golding; director of Liberty Hall, Dr Donna McFarlane; and lecturer in the Department of Culture at the UWI Dr Clinton Hutton.

The first session, which was held last Sunday, reflected on the music and legacy of singer and songwriter, Keith Anderson, also known as Bob Andy.

Next week's session will focus on the contributions of Jamaican-born cultural theorist and sociologist Stuart Hall, while the final one on August 10 will examine the criteria used in aligning the Jamaican Maroons to other maroons and indigenous groups of people in the region.

— JIS

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