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18th Annual Marcus Garvey Day – August 17th, 2008, San Diego, CA

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Feat: Lambsbread from Hawaii, Messenjah Selah from Jamaica & Ras Cocoman from Cuba

Caribbean Gospel Explosion artists: Lynette White, Monty G & Lion of Judah, Kristine Alicia, Wayne, Stoddart, Reubin Heights, Najie Dunn, Joan Meyers, Jozanne Marie, Avalanchee, Singaton, Najie Dunn, Dane Rolle, Roge Abergel & Kingdom Culture…and more!!!

Info: 18th Annual Marcus Garvey Celebration featuring an International and musically diverse lineup. This event will be held outside WorldBeat Cultural Center in Beautiful Balboa Park. Food & Craft Vendors will be at this event. Fun for the whole family!

Caribbean Gospel as a genre is quickly establishing itself and experiencing tremendous growth worldwide. The integration of Caribbean Gospel into the musical community of Southern California would be a direct response to the explosion of cultural diversity we have witnessed in recent years.The growing number of Caribbean restaurants, concerts and festivals in  San Diego areas speak to this phenomenon.

Date:  Sunday, August 17th

Time: 12:00pm – 7:00pm

Price: FREE!

Venue: WorldBeat Cultural Center
2100 Park Blvd. San Diego, CA – Outside event.

More Info: Call The WorldBeat Center at 619-230-1190

Email: [email protected]

Presenter Website: www.WorldBeatcenter.org

Press Contact:  Jesse Graham 619-230-1190

BIO:  Marcus Mosiah Garvey, one of the greatest leaders African people have produced, was born August 17, 1887 in St. Ann‘s Bay, Jamaica, and spent his entire life in the service of his people–African people. He was bold; he was uncompromising and he was one of the most powerful orators on record. He could literally bring his audiences to a state of mass hysteria. Garvey emphasized racial pride. His goal was nothing less that the total and complete redemption and liberation of African people around the planet. His dream was the galvanization of Black people into an unrelenting steamroller that could never be defeated. I consider myself, along with many others, as one of Garvey’s children.

As a young man of fourteen, Garvey left school and worked as a printer’s apprentice. He participated in Jamaica‘s earliest nationalist organizations, traveled throughout Central America, and spent time in London, England, where he worked with the Sudanese-Egyptian nationalist Duse Mohamed Ali. In 1916 Garvey was invited by Booker T. Washington to come to the United States in the hopes of establishing an industrial training school, but arrived just after Washington died. In March 1916, shortly after landing in America, Garvey embarked upon an extended period of travel. When he finally settled down, he organized a chapter of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League. The UNIA & ACL had been formed in Jamaica in 1914.  Its motto was “One God, One Aim, One Destiny,” and pledged itself to the redemption of Africa and the uplift of Black people everywhere. It aimed at race pride, self-reliance and economic independence.

Within a few years Garvey had become the best-known and most dynamic African leader in the Western Hemisphere and perhaps the entire world. In 1919 Mr. Garvey created an international shipping company called the Black Star Line. By 1920 the UNIA had hundreds of divisions. It hosted elaborate international conventions and published a weekly newspaper entitled the Negro World.

No other organization in modern times has had the prestige and the impact as the UNIA & ACL. During the 1920s UNIA divisions existed throughout North, South and Central America, the Caribbean, Africa, Europe and Australia.


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