August 17, 2013 marks the occasion of the 126th anniversary of Marcus Mosiah Garvey, world renowned Pan-African leader and Jamaica’s First National Hero. To commemorate this event Liberty Hall: The Legacy of Marcus Garvey located at 76 King Street – the former headquarters of the Kingston Division of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL) – will host the 4th annual Marcus Mosiah Garvey Lecture on Saturday, August 17th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Garvey Great Hall.
Dr. Julius Garvey, son of Marcus Garvey, and Mr. Howard Dodson Jr., former head of the world-renowned Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem will present at the lecture, under the theme, “Liberate Your Mind from Mental Slavery: The Importance of Archives and Museums within Inner-City Black Communities .”
The Marcus Garvey: The Centennial Traveling Exhibition will also be launched at the event for the first time in Jamaica. The exhibition was assembled in 1987 to mark the 100th anniversary of Garvey’s birth in St. Ann in 1887, by the Schomburg Center in collaboration with the Marcus Garvey and UNIA Papers Project at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
Professor Robert Hill, editor of the Marcus Garvey Papers, collected more than 30,000 Garvey memorabilia to construct the exhibition, which includes artifacts, letters written by Garvey, photographs, his birth certificate and draft card, government documents, and a stock certificate from the steamship line he founded to link the United States, the Caribbean and Africa for commerce.
Liberty Hall is dedicated to its primary mission: to inform the public about the work of Jamaica’s first National Hero, and to use his philosophy and opinions to inspire, excite and positively affect the self identity of Jamaican people, while creating social and economic wealth.