Marcus Garvey (1887 – 1940) – The People’s Hero
While the question of national heroes is debatable in several parts of Europe, Jamaicans are quite clear on who the country’s heroes are. All except one were men who received Jamaica’s highest honor for their leadership in nation building and in combating oppression.
Marcus Garvey was perhaps unique among these heroes since he worked assiduously for the advancement of people of African descent not only in Jamaica but throughout the Americas and Africa. In this endeavor he spent much for his time in the USA and later the UK.
Like all exceptional people, Garvey was a controversial figure in his time, yet he has left an indelible mark worldwide that is evident in several ways:
A biopic of Garvey's life starring British born actor of Jamaican descent Delroy Lindo is due in 2017.
Have a look at the Marcus Garvey Foundation website. http://www.garveyfoundation.com/
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Updated June 2020