New group to celebrate the life and teachings of Marcus Garvey

Written by admin   // August 11, 2011   // Comments Off

“The Life and Teachings of the Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey” will be presented this Saturday, August 13 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Milwaukee Public Library Main Branch, 814 West Wisconsin Avenue in Room one.
Sponsored by the group, Meeting of the Minds, the effort is to share on this 124th commemoration of Garvey’s birthday what they call “A New Spirit and Fresh Energy in the Rescue, Restoration and Cultivation of Our Rightful Place on the World Stage of Time and Achievement.”
“This Marcus Garvey event was designed to inspire a renewal of life and energy to awaken those who have strayed from our history,” says Demetrius Witherspoon, Meeting of the Minds convener.
He adds that Garvey urged “brothers and sisters to ‘rise up and accomplish what you will’ as we should again do the same today.”
Meeting of the Minds co-convener Gary Thurner says that this “Marcus Garvey celebration will be the first of many to be presented by our organization.
There are so many people in our history whose contributions have been overlooked. It is our vision to share their achievements.”
Guest presenters will include educator, writer and lecturer Taki S. Raton who will speak to “The History and Teachings of Garvey.” Community activist Brother Oshi will recount “The Spirit and Significance of the Marcus Garvey Celebration.”
Tejumola Ologboni is invited to share his renowned storytelling talents for this occasion as will Spoken Word Poet Elder God Bismi Allah.
“We are blessed with this opportunity to have representatives from our upcoming cultured visionaries to tap into the experience, vision and scholarship of seasoned practitioners in this arena,” says Raton. “This is truly how the baton is passed on to the next generation of African Centered leadership.”
Born in St. Ann’s Bay, Jamaica on August 17, 1887, Garvey arrived in 1914 organized the Universal Negro Improvement Association. In 1917, he arrived in Harlem and reorganized the UNIA and began publishing the “Negro World,” a journal that promoted his African nationalist ideals. He established the Black Star shipping line with the intent of sending Blacks back to Africa. Garvey’s organization was extremely popular and by 1919 UNIA had 30 branches and over 2 million members.
For any additional information on the Meeting of the Minds Garvey event, please call (855) 929-6373 or email

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