Broward County Declares December 22 as Marcus Garvey Jr Day

Sheri-Kae McLeod

photo via Oliver Mair/Instagram

The Broward County Commission has paid tribute to the late Marcus Garvey Jr, the son of Jamaica’s first National Hero, the Rt. Hon. Marcus Mosiah Garvey, by declaring December 22, 2020, as Marcus Garvey Jr Day.

Garvey Jr, who was a noted Educator and Human Rights Advocate, died in Wellington, Florida, on December 8. The 90-year-old had been battling Alzheimer’s disease. He was laid to rest on December 22 in Florida.

Jamaica’s Consul General to Southern USA, Oliver Mair attended the ceremony, as did Jamaican-American Broward Commissioner, Dale Holness. Former Consul General of Jamaica, New York Dr Basil Bryan shared a tribute and Steve Higgins shared a musical tribute.

Via social media, Mair said, “We extended condolences on behalf of the government and the people of Jamaica. Upon our recommendation, Broward County Commission, through former Broward Mayor Dale Holness declared December 22 as Marcus Garvey Jr Day!”

 

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Garvey Jr’s widow, Mrs. Jean Garvey, expressed thanks to the supporters and well-wishers of their family. Members of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) were also present at the funeral and accorded appropriate rites.

Consul General Mair said that, “Marcus Garvey’s vision and legacy will never die.”

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