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J'can Embassy commemorates 100th anniversary of UNIA

Thursday, July 24, 2014    

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WASHINGTON, DC, USA (CMC) — The Jamaican Embassy here has commemorated the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), formed by late national hero Marcus Mosiah Garvey.

At ceremony hosted by the embassy on Monday, and attended by UNIA executives, Jamaica's Ambassador to the US Stephen Vasciannie noted Garvey's heroic status in Jamaica and other parts of the world.

"We still look for Garvey in the whirlwind because his vision and commitment themselves created a magnificent whirlwind on behalf of the poor and the dispossessed, and because he stood firmly for the rights of all black people, at home and abroad under the special banner, 'One God, One Aim, One Destiny'," Vasciannie said.

UNIA President General Senghor Baye, pointed out the continuing relevance of Garvey in the lives of people in the diaspora, nothing the significant contribution made by women to the UNIA's work and lauded the Government of Jamaica for having issues relating to Marcus Garvey placed on the school curriculum.

Garvey founded the UNIA on July 20, 1914, when he recruited the first member, Amy Ashwood, and held the organisation's first meeting at 121 Orange Street in Kingston.

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