Recognizing Marcus Garvey for Caribbean-American Heritage Month

first_imgAlthough Jamaican Marcus Mosiah Garvey has not made recent news, for many Caribbean nationals his relevance as a newsmaker is perennial for his role in Caribbean-American Heritage.Migrating to and residing in Harlem, New York in the 1920s, he stoked the embers of Black Power and fueled the ambitions of Caribbean and other black immigrants in the U.S. with his bold philosophy expressed in the words “Up, up, you mighty race! You can accomplish what you will.”This Jamaican stalwart achieved great things in the United States, and elsewhere. Even though he was officially titled a Jamaican hero, his outstanding achievements makes him worthy of being a Caribbean American hero as well.Garvey was born in St. Ann’s Bay, Jamaica in 1887 and was one of 11 children of a stones-man and a household servant. By age 14, Garvey went off to Jamaica’s capital city, Kingston, where he worked in a print shop. It was there that he would get his first taste of activism, as he joined the labor union for print tradesmen.By 1912, Garvey settled in London, England after spending a short stint in Central America. There he was able to attend the University of London’s Birkbeck College—a right that was not given to blacks in the U.S. at the time. At university, he studied law and philosophy, worked for a Pan-Africanism newspaper, and began leading public discourse at Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park.In 1914, Garvey ventured back home to Jamaica and started the Universal Negro Improvement Association. He also began corresponding with African-American leader, author, activist and former slave, Booker T. Washington. Surely inspired by Washington’s work, two years later, Garvey travelled to the U.S. to begin lecturing to the black community to share his “separate but equal” message, questioning U.S. democracy and oppression of people of color. Garvey ended up speaking in 38 cities throughout the U.S.Notably, in 1917, in Harlem, he formed the first chapter of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), and launched the Negro World newspaper. By 1919, the UNIA’s membership grew to over four million members. That year, under the auspices of the UNIA, Garvey would lead the establishment of the Black Star Line shipping company. Soon the company would purchase its first ship, which would be known as the S.S. Frederick Douglass.The Black Star Line then went on to form the African Redemption Liberia program, which sought to create a nation in Africa, for slaves, their descendants and African Americans as a whole. Due to this and his other dealings, Garvey became a target of the U.S. government, who began investigating him for mail fraud in connection with the Black Star Line. In 1923, Garvey lost a trial on the matter, and was sentenced to five years in prison. While serving his sentence, he wrote “First Message to the Negroes of the World from Atlanta Prison,” which became a famous paper.“After my enemies are satisfied, in life or death I shall come back to you to serve even as I have served before. In life I shall be the same; in death I shall be a terror to the foes of Negro liberty. If death has power, then count on me in death to be the real Marcus Garvey I would like to be. If I may come in an earthquake, or a cyclone, or plague, or pestilence, or as God would have me, then be assured that I shall never desert you and make your enemies triumph over you,” Garvey wrote in that paper.It is said that Garvey thought that the investigation and his consequential imprisonment was a backlash from the Jewish community, after he agreed to meet with the Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan—an organization that he believed shared his views on segregation.A 1921 quote from a speech given to UNIA members sums up Garvey’s views on the rights of African Americans and the African diaspora. In it he says, “If you want liberty you yourselves must strike the blow. If you must be free, you must become so through your own effort … Until you produce what the white man has produced you will not be his equal.”“We shall march out, yes, as black American citizens, as black British subjects, as black French citizens, as black Italians or as black Spaniards, but we shall march out with a greater loyalty, the loyalty of race. We shall march out in answer to the cry of our fathers, who cry out to us for the redemption of our own country, our motherland, Africa,” Garvey said, summing up his singular cause of the redemption of Africans at home and abroad. For him, self-reliance, redemption and a strong sense of purpose were cornerstones of black emancipation. He was also a staunch advocate for black entrepreneurship, and lived as an example for aspirational black business owners through his many projects.As the leader of the Pan-Africanism movement and civil rights activist, Garvey sought to unify and connect people of African descent in the U.S. and worldwide. For this, the U.S. was his base, where he founded several wildly successful mega-organizations. As an advocate for people of African descent living and operating separately, but with equal rights, Garvey was a leader in the U.S. who stretched his influence across the seas and throughout the world.Garvey died in London England in 1940. In 1964 his body was brought back to Jamaica. The government designated him as the Jamaica’s first National Hero and reinterred his body at a shrine in the National Heroes Park, Kingston.His work is still relevant, widely studied, and the basis of much black nationalist work globally. For this, he is not only a Jamaican hero but indeed a Caribbean-American hero, and a fixture in Caribbean-American heritage.last_img read more

Copa Airlines, Banks DIH bring Christmas cheer to senior citizens

first_imgThe partnership between COPA Airlines and beverage giant, Banks DIH ltd, brought Christmas cheer to 250 senior citizens living in the East Coast communities of Ogle, Cummings Lodge and Industry.The two companies donated 21 cases of 24-oz ginger beer to the Ogle-Industry-Cummings Lodge Senior Citizens Group as a timely and welcome gift for invitees to the Group’s 65th annual social event for less fortunate persons 65 years of age and older.The companies presented their donation to the Group at a brief handing over ceremony attended by Brand Manager of Non-Alcoholic Malts, Banks DIH, Clayton McKenzie; COPA Airlines staff; and Group representative Marlon McKellar.COPA Airlines and Banks DIH representatives said they were pleased to give meaningful support to this positive and active Group as they brighten the lives of less fortunate senior citizens during the Christmas season.While accepting the companies’ donation, McKellar said, “We would like to express our gratitude to your organisation for assisting us in making this 65th event for our anniversary a success. Thank you very much for your assistance.”On behalf of the donors, Copa Airlines’ Sales Manager, Nadine Oudkerk said the company is pleased to support a cause that would benefit the elderly and less fortunate in society.“Copa Airlines gives back to society in ways that are meaningful. We are pleased to help in whatever way we can to make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate.“We are also heartened that the Group has been doing its bit to assist the elderly members of the communities it represents. Keep up the good work and we hope that the senior citizens enjoy what has been planned for them.”The senior citizens social activity was held at the Cummings Lodge Secondary School on December 16, at noon.last_img read more


first_imgSimmons, who was named in the original squad before Simmons, who was named in the original squad before picking up an injury and dropping out, now needs to adapt quickly to the challenge and the conditions. The Caribbean batting has been led by Gayle and Fletcher and the latters injury-forced absence has made the side that much more vulnerable. The team will be looking towards someone like Marlon Samuels to step up his game for the occasion. In bowling, Badree, Dwayne Bravo and Andre Russell have been the more successful ones in terms of wickets taken. The pitch has produced three high-scoring games so far with South Africa, already eliminated, notching up back to back 200-plus totals. But indications are that the track for tomorrows high- pressure game would not be as good for batting as the previous ones. Its expected to be a tad slow, which should help India more than the Windies. The rival teams (from): India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Ashish Nehra, Harbhajan Singh, Pawan Negi, Ajinkya Rahane, Mohammed Shami. West Indies: Darren Sammy (Captain), Samuel Badree, Sulieman Benn, Carlos Brathwaite, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Lendl Simmons, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Denesh Ramdin, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor. Match commences at 7pm (IST). PTI SSR PM MRM MRMlast_img read more

IPL 2016: Vohra, Vijay guide Kings XI Punjab to 6-wicket victory against Pune Supergiants

first_imgGlenn Maxwell played a scintillating cameo hitting an unbeaten 32 off 14 balls under pressure to power Kings XI Punjab to a six-wicket win over Rising Pune Supergiants to notch up their first victory in IPL 9 on Sunday. (This is how Kings XI registered their first win in IPL 9)Chasing a target of 153, Kings XI Punjab were put in a spot of bother as they slumped to 119 for 4 in the 17th over after a fluent opening stand of 97 between Manan Vohra (51) and Murali Vijay (53). But it was Maxwell who helped the team romp home in 18.4 overs as they won their first match in their third encounter.Pune Supergiants have now lost two consecutive matches after having won their first game in Mumbai.Just when it looked that KXIP were trying to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, Maxwell brought his big-hitting prowess to the fore as he belted three fours and two sixes in quick time to win a match that the home team ought to have won easily.The fifth wicket stand between Maxwell and Wriddhiman Saha yielded 34 runs in only 2.2 overs in which India’s Test wicketkeeper contributed only four runs.Once KXIP skipper David Miller (7) was gone, there were ominous signs but Maxwell hit a six and four each off successive overs from the two Ashwins, leg-spinner Murugan (3 for 36 in 4 overs) and off-spinner Ravichandran (0 for 27 in 4 overs) to settle the issue.He finished the match with an imperious cover drive off Thisara Perera.However, the Kings XI coach Sanjay Bangar should be unhappy that there were tense moments especially after the start that they got.advertisementThe elegant Murali Vijay hit 53 off 49 balls with five fours and two huge sixes – an inside out lofted cover drive off Ishant Sharma and a pull off Murugan.His partner Vohra got 51 off 33 balls with seven delectable boundaries that also earned him the Man of the Match award.It looked as if it would be walk in the park before Vohra was trapped leg before trying to sweep left-arm spinner Ankit Sharma. Shaun Marsh (4) was accounted by Murugan with a delivery that went straight and breached his defences.Vijay got his first 50 of the tournament but then lost his concentration trying to play a cut shot off Murugan.Miller became Murugan’s third victim trying to hit a six but in came Maxwell and did a telling damage hitting him for a six and a boundary. The senior Ashwin was also spanked in the next over and whatever chances of a comeback that Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s team harboured went up in smoke.Brief Scores: Rising Pune Supergiants 152/7 in 20 Overs (Faf du Plessis 67, Steve Smith 38; Mohit Sharma 3/23, Sandeep Sharma 2/23) lost to Kings XI Punjab 153-4 in 18.4 Overs (Murali Vijay 53, Manan Vohra 51; Murugan Ashwin 3/36, Ankit Sharma 1/27) by 6 wickets.last_img read more

A promising start for Festival Hellenika

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Last Thursday night marked a very promising start to one of the most iconic arts festivals in South Australia, in the presence of government and community dignitaries that gathered in the Adelaide Pavilion Parklands for the official launch.Festival Hellenika (formerly known as The Greek Cultural Month) celebrates and promotes Hellenic arts and culture through a number of events, offering an open platform for local artists of any background to showcase their Hellenic connections through their work.Held annually, it has become a major part of South Australia’s cultural scene. Celebrating the festival’s 25th anniversary, the newly appointed president, Ms Loula Dacolias, announced the upcoming events and detailed program guide for 2016.“Festival Hellenika is made possible through the passion and commitment of our committee members. “Through our annual gatherings of artists, we will continue to offer a wide-ranging series of performances, screenings, presentations, exhibitions, concerts and events that reflect the talent and passion that have engaged audiences throughout South Australia,” highlighted Ms Dacolias. The Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Volunteers, Zoe Bettison MP, also attended the launch, representing Premier of South Australia Jay Weatherill, MP.“Festival Hellenika invites all South Australians to experience the influence of Hellenic culture across the arts and live the fullest, richest life we can,” Ms Bettison said. In an attempt to explain why succeeding South Australian governments have been proud supporters of this event over the years, the minister turned to philosopher Aristotle and one of his famous quotes:“Those who educate children should be honoured as much as those who produce them; because they don’t only give life, they give the art of living well.” “I think this is exactly what Festival Hellenika does for South Australia,” Ms Bettison concluded. A concert at the Marion Cultural Centre (8 & 9 March) in reference to the life and work of the renowned rebetika and laika composer Giannis Papaioannou will be one of the two highlights in this year’s festival, together with the Xenitia two-hour music concert (1 & 2 April) at the Adelaide Festival Centre, which will be a tribute to the generations of those who once tasted the sorrows and the joys of immigration. Established in 1991, with the support of the Greek Consulate General of Greece in South Australia, Festival Hellenika is a non-political, non-sectarian, non-profit and independent organisation with a governing board of elected volunteers. “Festival Hellenika has been celebrating Greek Culture in Adelaide for a quarter of a century, reflecting the talent and passion that exist in South Australia, and the Hellenic state will continue to support its evolution within the multicultural tapestry of South Australia,” stated Consul General of Greece in South Australia, Mr Andreas Gouras. The official program for Festival Hellenika, which runs from February to May 2016, can be found on the website read more