August 18, 2022

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The Underline to Host Celebration of Jamaica’s Independence with Live performance and Tree Marker Unveiling

by Howard Campbell

[MIAMI] – In an period that produced quite a few black heroes, Marcus Garvey’s uncompromising message of empowerment is timeless. It has impressed politicians and pop artists like reggae legend Bob Marley, whose Redemption Music incorporates one among Garvey’s best-known quotes.

That saying, ‘Emancipate Your self From Psychological Slavery’, shall be positioned on a tree marker to be unveiled in a ceremony on August 17 at The Underline Brickell Yard Sound Stage Plaza. The occasion is sponsored by Florida Energy & Gentle.

A free dwell live performance, that includes ska legend Eric “Monty” Morris and keyboardist Pablove Black,  will comply with the dedication. The event additionally celebrates Jamaica’s sixtieth anniversary as an impartial nation.

Garvey and Marley have been born in St. Ann parish, situated on Jamaica’s scenic north coast. Garvey based the Common Negro Enchancment Affiliation (UNIA) in 1914 and have become a forerunner of the Harlem Renaissance in New York, that flourished through the Twenties.

Gladstone Gilbert
Gladstone Gilbert

The concept to have one among Garvey’s most well-known quotes on the tree marker got here from Gladstone Gilbert, who was Marley’s touring chef for a number of years till his dying at age 36 in Could, 1981.

Curiously Gilbert, a longtime South Florida resident, was a part of the procession for Garvey’s re-burial in Kingston, Jamaica in November, 1964. He died in London in June, 1940 at age 52; his physique was exhumed and returned to his homeland 24 years later.

Garvey was named Jamaica’s first Nationwide Hero in 1969.

The tree marker is situated at a linear park under Miami’s Metrorail, proposed by Buddies of The Underline, a 23-member group based in 2014. It’s the preliminary part of a projected 120-acre house spanning 10 miles that, as soon as accomplished, “will rework regional mobility and rejoice variety, tradition and lifelong studying.”

“We’re honored that the Jamaican group has chosen us because the venue for the sixtieth independence celebration. We love the chance to rejoice Miami’s variety by cultural programming. Applications like these join our group,” stated Maggie Duarte, advertising and marketing coordinator for Buddies of The Underline.

The Underline’s southern part is represented by Danielle Cohen-Higgins, District 8 Commissioner for Miami-Dade County, whose mother and father are Jamaican. Christina Brown, coordinator of the ceremony, is Jamaican.

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