Fitting tribute to a great man

Published: Tuesday | August 21, 2012 Comments 0

THE EDITOR, Sir:

It is noteworthy that after many years of hesitation, the Government of Jamaica has finally proclaimed August 17 Marcus Garvey Day. This is undoubtedly a fitting tribute to an outstanding Jamaican who was born on August 17, 1887, and who was declared a national hero on November 15, 1964.

In proclaiming August 17 Marcus Garvey Day, the governor general stated: "From here on, every year at this time, all of us here in Jamaica will be called [upon] to remember this outstanding national hero and what he has done for us as a people, and our children will also call this to mind on this day."

There is no doubt that this proclamation was long overdue, and it was very disappointing that August 17 was not declared a public holiday. The absence of this declaration is a noticeable shortcoming of the Government.

Nevertheless, after many years of lip service, the Government did the right thing to include the philosophies of Garvey into the civics curriculum. This inclusion will definitely ensure that the enduring legacy of Marcus Mosiah Garvey will be handed down from one generation to the next.

RUPERT JOHNSON

r.b.johnson@sympatico.ca

Toronto, Ontario

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