Tribute to Marcus Garvey on Kimsha Beach this SundayPOSTED: 08/31/11 1:10 PM
St. Maarten – The Freedom Fighters organize a family day on Kimsha Beach this Sunday to honor the memory of Marcus Mosiah Garvey Jr., the Jamaican publisher, journalist and entrepreneur who fought for black nationalism and pan-Africanism. Garvey, who passed away on June 10, 1940 at the age of 52, founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association and the African Communities League. He also founded the Black Star Line as part of the Back to Africa movement that promoted the return of Africans to their ancestral lands.
Garvey advanced a pan-African philosophy to inspire a global mass movement and economic empowerment that focused on Africa. This philosophy is known as Garveyism. Summing up his ideas about African nationalism, Garvey once wrote in an editorial in Negro world, “Our union must know no clime, boundary, or nationality… let us hold together under all climes and in every country.” The Rastafari movement considers Garvey a prophet.
The Freedom Fighters organize their tribute to Garvey for the eleventh consecutive year. It will be held at the La Bamba beach bar on Kimsha Beach. The event begins Sunday at twelve noon, and concludes at nine o’clock in the evening.
Ras Bushman told this newspaper that the event will be a family happening, “not a reggae-concert.” There will be a children’s play ground, face painting, and Pa Ben will make an appearance. Food and drink will be for sale, and no less than thirteen acts are lined up to perform.
They include Tanny and the Boys, the Soualiga Brass Band, DJ Ziongate Sound, the Mighty Dow, One Blood (from Saba), the Freedom Fighters Band, For the Haterz group and singers Ras Najah, Marlin Segen, Samalia Peterson, Fabian Marlin, Little Blossom and Sunshine, and Sister Aida.