Press Release: Dr. Julius Garvey, OJ, son of Rt. Hon. Marcus Garvey, to serve as the keynote speaker at Black History Month Forum

For Immediate Release
Dr. Julius Garvey, OJ, son of Rt. Hon. Marcus Garvey, to serve as the keynote speaker at Black History Month Forum 

Washington, DC, February 27, 2021: – Julius Garvey, MD, Order of Jamaica (O.J.), and son of famous black nationalist and Jamaica’s first national hero, the Right Honorable Marcus Garvey, will keynote a Black History Month forum shining the spotlight on “The Contributions of the Caribbean Diaspora to America.”

In keeping with COVID-19 restrictions, the forum will be held virtually on Sunday, February 28, 2021, at 4:00 p.m. EST via Zoom. The Jamaican Nationals Association (JNA) of the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area, through the leadership of JNA President, Dr. Elaine Knight and Vice President, Rev. Dr. Noel Godfrey, will host this forum.

Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Audrey Marks will also deliver remarks. Dr. Karren Dunkley, Jamaica Diaspora Northeast USA representative, will moderate the forum.

This forum will recognize and amplify the role of Caribbean Nationals in the history and development of the United States. The Caribbean Diaspora is well-educated and an affluent demographic numbering close to 8 million people, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2017 American Community Survey (ACS).

Caribbean Nationals have influenced every facet of American society for generations. These contributions include the performing and visual arts; music (Rap has its roots in Jamaica); popular culture; science, medicine, business, politics, and the culinary arts. And let us not forget that, without the success of the Haitian Revolution, the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, by which the United States doubled its landmass, may not have been consummated.

Commenting on essential contributions that the Caribbean Diaspora has made, Dr. Garvey notes that his father “is considered one of the major pillars of the Pan-African movement. He laid a foundation of African philosophy and organized the largest global organization of African peoples.”

Dr. Garvey, who is the recipient of Jamaica’s 5th highest national honor – the Order of Jamaica (O.J.), also announced that a bust of his famous father has been commissioned and will be placed at the African Union headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on the anniversary of his father’s 134th birthday – August 17th, 2021. The Marcus Garvey Institute, Pan-African Technical Association Whirlwind Group, and National Association of Kawaida Organizations will serve as the committee to oversee this project.

“We have engaged internationally-renowned sculptor, Nijel Lloyd Binns of Los Angeles to create the bust,” Dr. Garvey said.

The Caribbean-American Political Action Committee (C-PAC), Jamaican Association of Maryland (JAM), and the Montgomery County Executive’s Caribbean American Advisory Group (CAAG) will also collaborate with JNA on this critical forum.

The Jamaica Diaspora Northeast USA, Global Jamaica Diaspora Council, endorses the “Contributions of the Caribbean Diaspora to America” event.

About JNA:
The Jamaican Nationals Association, Inc. (JNA) has been in operation for more than 50 years. JNA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to unite persons of Jamaican heritage and friends of Jamaica to maintain and promote Jamaican culture and heritage and provide educational and charitable support to persons of Jamaican heritage in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area, other US-Jamaican communities, and in Jamaica.

The Jamaican Nationals Association, Inc. (JNA) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt,
non-profit organization

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