IRIE FM Celebrates the Right Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey

Jamaica’s first National Hero, Marcus Garvey, was born in St. Ann’s Bay on 17th August 1887. He died June 10, 1940.

Marcus Garvey

St. Ann, Jamaica – (Sunday, August 14, 2011) – The community celebrate the life of Marcus Mosiah Garvey in this 124th year of his birth on the grounds of IRIE FM Studios.

The celebration, organized and produced by IRIE FM in association with the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, started at 6 a.m. and lasted throughout the daily programming at IRIE FM.

An highlight of the day’s events was the main address delivered by a long time Garvey Scholar, Pan-Africanist and Egyptologist, Dr. Ronuko Rashidi.

Dr. Ronuko Rashidi reminded us that Garvey understood the need for self-reliance. “We have to do for ourselves,” he said.  “Roll up your sleeves and go to work.”

Garvey devoted his life to the liberation and holistic development of black people across the world and the advancement of Africa.

His legacy can be summed up in the philosophy he taught: Pride in your race, the need for African unity, self-reliance, the need for black people to be organized and for rulers to govern on behalf of the working classes.

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