JAMAICA: Jamaicans Urged To Build on Garvey?s Legacy - EntornoInteligente

Entornointeligente.com / Jamaica Information / Former Deputy Jamaican High Commissioner to South Africa, John Clarke, delivers main address at the civic ceremony marking the 129th anniversary of the birth of National Hero, the Right Excellent Marcus Garvey, at Lawrence Park in St Ann?s Bay, on August 17. Ann, on August 17. + – Photo: Sharon Earle Former Deputy Jamaican High Commissioner to South Africa, John Clarke, delivers main address at the civic ceremony marking the 129th anniversary of the birth of National Hero, the Right Excellent Marcus Garvey, at Lawrence Park in St Ann?s Bay, on August 17. Ann, on August 17. Story Highlights”We have an obligation to build on the intellectual foundation Garvey established and to draw on his vision of a self-reliant, economically independent and confident people as we chart our course forward,?”The international impact of Garvey?s ideas which prevailed over the constraints imposed by the colonial order of the day, serves as a special source of pride for us as Jamaicans? Ten students with the highest grades from the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), who were awarded places at Marcus Garvey Technical (High School) were invited by the Committee to write an essay on Garvey, and the top student awarded the scholarship.

Jamaicans are being urged to build on Garvey?s rich and enduring legacy by preserving his message of self-reliance and racial pride as a heritage for future generations.

“We have an obligation to build on the intellectual foundation Garvey established and to draw on his vision of a self-reliant, economically independent and confident people as we chart our course forward,? said student of Garveyism and former Deputy Jamaican High Commissioner to South Africa, John Clarke.

He was delivering the main address at a civic ceremony marking the 129 th anniversary of the birth of National Hero, the Right Excellent Marcus Garvey, held at Lawrence Park in St. Ann?s Bay, St. Ann, on August 17.

Mr. Clarke commended the St. Ann Parish Council for organising the event over the years, noting that in addition to honouring Garvey?s proud and enduring legacy, it is keeping the message of Garvey alive.

“The international impact of Garvey?s ideas which prevailed over the constraints imposed by the colonial order of the day, serves as a special source of pride for us as Jamaicans,? he said.

The commemoration of the National Hero?s birth and his achievements, Mr Clarke noted, afforded Jamaicans the opportunity to reflect on Garvey?s ideas and the adaptability of those ideas to the evolved challenges of the 21 st Century.

“Reflecting on Garvey?s ideas serves to remove any doubt about our capacity to triumph over any adversity once we summon the will. Such reflection also serves to remind us of the obligation we have to ensure that the sacrifices made by Garvey were not in vain,? he said.

Meanwhile, 12 year-old student Kerone McLaughlin, of Retreat Primary School, in Trelawny, was awarded the 2016 Marcus Garvey  Scholarship of Excellence.

 

Kerone, who emerged from a field of six candidates, has received an award of $50,000 each year for five years. He begins his secondary-school education at Marcus Garvey Technical High School in September.

Making the announcement, Mayor of St. Ann?s Bay, Councillor Desmond Gilmore, said after careful consideration, the Marcus Garvey Scholarship of Excellence Committee decided to extend the payment of the bursary to awardees over their five-year tenure at Marcus Garvey Technical High School.

Ten students with the highest grades from the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), who were awarded places at Marcus Garvey Technical (High School) were invited by the Committee to write an essay on Garvey, and the top student awarded the scholarship.

Andeloni Brady of Discovery Bay All-age; Tianna Henry of Gayle Primary; Davion Anderson from Hague Primary; Kajune Nembhard from  Priory Primary; and Adriana Mitchell of Duncans Primary School were also presented with gifts by the selection committee.

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