CaribWorldNews, PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Weds. Aug. 25, 2010: The government of Jamaica is paying closer attention to Marcus Mosiah Garvey, some 70 years after his death.
The Department of Local Government said Tuesday it has committed $3 million towards the restoration of the birthplace of Garvey, one of the country`s national heroes. Garvey was born in August 1887 in St. Ann, Jamaica.
Garvey was a publisher, journalist, entrepreneur, Black Nationalist, Pan-Africanist, and orator. He was founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League. Prior to the twentieth century, leaders such as Prince Hall, Martin Delany, Edward Wilmot Blyden, and Henry Highland Garnet advocated the involvement of the African Diaspora in African affairs. Garvey was unique in advancing a Pan-African philosophy to inspire a global mass movement focusing on Africa known as Garveyism.
The intention of the movement was for those of African ancestry to `redeem` Africa and for the European colonial powers to leave it. His essential ideas about Africa were stated in an editorial in the Negro World titled `African Fundamentalism` where he wrote: `Our union must know no clime, boundary, or nationality… let us hold together under all climes and in every country.`