Marcus Garvey Receiving Keys to Kingston

By: Caribbean Journal Staff - August 15, 2012

Above: Marcus Mosiah Garvey

By the Caribbean Journal staff

Marcus Garvey, Jamaica’s first national hero, will be receiving the key to the city on Thursday — 125 years after his birth.

The presentation in Kingston will be made to Garvey’s son, Dr Julius Garvey, during a ceremony Thursday marking the 125th anniversary of his birth.

Kingston Councillor Ian Telfer called the honour a way to “pay homage to recognize the works of Marcus Garvey and not fall prey to what we’ve seen in the past where others, from other countries, other movements recognize our people prior to us making note ourselves.”

Garvey, who was born in St Ann’s Bay, is considered the leading Pan-Africanist of the 20th century.

He was the founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association in Jamaica in 1914, eventually developing the body into a global organization. He later left to preach in the United States.

The movement continues to grow for Garvey to be pardoned by the US government, by which Garvey was imprisoned for mail fraud in 1923. His sentence was later commuted by President Calvin Coolidge in 1927.

A Kingston and St Andrew Corporation resolution further provides for Thursday to be named Marcus Garvey Day.

“Many of us have grown up with a greater sense of self because of the teachings of Marcus Garvey,” said Kingston Mayor Angela Brown-Burke.

Popular Posts all-inclusive montego bay resort by marriott

Marriott Just Opened Its New All-Inclusive Resort in Montego Bay 

Marriott has continued its rapid expansion into the Caribbean all-inclusive space with the debut of its newest adults-only resort in Montego Bay: the new Hideaway at Royalton Blue Waters, An Autograph Collection All-Inclusive Resort.  The 352-room resort is part of […]

Yes, You Can Stay at an All-Inclusive Resort in St Thomas, USVI

the beach at the bolongo bay resort

The Bolongo Bay Beach Resort on St. Thomas may be the most popular all-inclusive resort you’ve never heard of. It’s not that the resort itself isn’t well-known: this family-run and managed, beach resort has been in business since 1974. But […]

Barbados Is Transforming the Concorde Hangar Into a New Airport Terminal 

the concorde made its last journey to barbados in 2003

As air travel to Barbados continues to surge, the island is making a major transformation at Grantley Adams International Airport.  The former Concorde hangar, which has served as the island’s popular Concorde Experience museum, is being converted into a new […]

Related Posts fort young

With Winter Ahead, a Sunny Outlook for Caribbean Hotels

Summer’s over, kids are back in school and travel starts to cool down with the weather.  But even in the year’s customary nadir, the Caribbean still showed strong improvement last month, according to new data from hotel analytics firm STR.  […]

Jamaica Makes Push for Global Tourism Resilience Fund

doctors cave beach with waves

Jamaica is continuing its call for the creation of a tourism resilience fund, one that would help vulnerable Caribbean nations build up their resilience to the effects of climate change.  It’s the brainchild of Jamaica Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett, who […]

The Winners of the 2023 Caribbean Boutique Hotel Awards

caribbean boutique hotel awards

The people have spoken. The world’s foremost experts on Caribbean travel — Caribbean Journal readers – have chosen their top picks for the best small hotels across the wider Caribbean region. This year’s 2023 Caribbean Boutique Hotel Awards celebrate boutique hotels […]


Sign up for Caribbean Journal's free newsletter for a daily dose of beaches, hotels, rum and the best Caribbean travel information on the net.

No. Thank You