Message from UNIA & ACL General Counsel
President General Senghor Jawara Baye
The UNIA-ACL government will join with the Jamaican Embassy in Washington DC for a joint commemoration on July 20th 2014 to honor Marcus Garvey and 100 years of the UNIA-ACL at the Jamaican Embassy. August 14th to August 17th there will be a Grand Celebration in Harlem New York.
www.unia-centennial.org for details.
We call on all Afrikans the world over to commemorate, celebrate and collaborate, wherever they are . . . Our focus is to recruit, revive, and rejuvenate our traditional greatness in the 21st century. Our ancestors are waiting, watching and with us in the Whirlwind!
Up you mighty Race we can accomplish what we will!
***UNIA-ACL PRESIDENT GENERAL UK LECTURE TOUR***
As Sisters & Brothers will know, The Alkebu-Lan Revivalist Movement hosts the celebration of MOSIAH annually for the entire 8th month of the year. This year, as we celebrate 100 years of Garvey & Garveyism - will be no different.
In line with the worldwide centenary celebrations, we the Afrikan Community UK, have the distinct honour of being joined by Baba Senghor Jawara Baye - 10th President General of the UNIA-ACL & 9th successor to the Most Eminent Prophet & King His Excellency MARCUS MOSIAH GARVEY.
Baba Senghor will featured for three dates at the beginning of the MOSIAH season in the cities of London & Birmingham.
Preliminary details below. Further details to come. We look forward to you joining us!
I-Nia (Reginia) Rogers
UNIA & ACL General Counsel
Centennial Planning Committee Chair
I bring you “Greetings” and wishes of a “Happy Centennial” in this month of June, the 6th month of the year 2014: 100 years for the UNIA-ACL!
We have many varying types of celebrations in June: traditionally, in the United States, it is the month of marriages, graduations, the ending of the school year and the beginning of the summer vacation. However, there are many other commemorative events in June:
- June is known as the “Caribbean American Heritage” month
- June 1st is “Makaraka Day” in Kenya and represents the start of internal self-rule for Kenya
- June 1st this year is also the start of the “Comrades Marathon”, the oldest and largest ultramarathon in the world; it is held in Kwazulu-Natal Province in South Africa
- Since 1907, the third Sunday in June has been traditionally celebrated as “Father’s Day”
- Youth Day is celebrated on June 16th in South Africa, commemorating the start of the Soweto riots of 1976
- Juneteenth festivities take place on June 19th around the United States and is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States
Those are but a few of the celebrations that are regularly held in June.
But for those of us who are Garveyites, each June 10th is a time that we reflect on the year 1940, for it was on that date in that year that the Right Excellent Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey transitioned from this earthly realm to the realm of spirits and our ancestors.
I need not remind us that Mr. Garvey gave us his all. He gave his observations turned dream – turned Provisional Government through devotions of the world in love to a ‘Countrinental’ Nation. We see its roots in Africa, its trunk is made of those who have come and gone before us, and the limbs are of all other committed organizations to Pan-Africanism as its crown of life. This was Mr. Garvey’s gift to every African into eternity.
I hope that we are not saddened during this month as we remember and recall Mr. Garvey. He rides on the wind, the whirlwind – the storms. So when you see Mother Nature doing her thing, as she did during the Winter of 2013/2014, just say, “Go on Mr. Garvey; do your thing” because wherever we are, if united, our supplications will resound loud and clear as one.
The Greater good for the greatest number of African peoples – Africa for Africans; those at home and those abroad. I urge us all to keep up our great work as children of a man, an African man, whose observations and commitment have brought us thus far – one who was not sought to do but one who saw our need – thus, his unsolicited love. I ask you to be reminded, that he said from his imprisonment in an Atlanta jail, “After my enemies are satisfied, in life or death, I shall come back to you to serve even as I have served before. In life I shall be the same; in death I shall be a terror to the foes of Negro liberty. If death has power, then count on me in death to be the real Marcus Garvey I would like to be. If I may come in an earthquake, or a cyclone or plague or pestilence, or as God would have me, then be assured that I shall never desert you and make your enemies triumph over you”.
Ashe! We have the power and the Kuumba, to accomplish what we as a people need. Together let us declare it done!
Hotep with a Grand Conformity
UNIA & ACL Centennial 2014
Akili S. M. Nkrumah
1st Assistant President General/UNIA-ACL
We the People
As I begin to look at our association/government, I reflect on the men and women who made it possible for me and others to be where we are today. I ask this question: Why is it harder today than it appeared to be in 1914?
In the early 1900’s as history has shown us, we had many challenges; some were our own creation and others were created for us. But, we came together in multiple organizations and at times being members of the multiple organizations. For example, members of the UNIA were also members of the NAACP and also members of other organizations at the same time. It would appear that the messages of the organizations were similar and yet they provided a focus that could change our world.
So we established the path to the future and now We the People are here.
We the People in order to establish an Afrikan-centered worldview took on the responsibility of building said view under what we wanted to be a democracy.
We the People in bringing our Cultural, Ancestral, Spiritual and Intelligence have not continuously applied such teachings to our growth in America or other places in the world. We have forgotten Sara Baartman and the countless millions.
We the People became educated or mis-educated to believe that if we did it, it was not good enough. The engineer of our suppression was good at changing who we were to be and what we are to be because they had to change who they were, to be what they are. Lesson learned!
We the people after 300 years of captivity and 200 years of trying to be “equal”, we have not awakened.
In 1914, the Afrikan People began another aspect of our Journey. We chose to recognize this area because we visualized the world as being different. Yet even though we recognized this difference, we based our view of the world on the very structure of our own destruction. But, we have an opportunity to get it correct.
By implementing the principals of the Political Philosophy of Universal Afrikan Nationalism, in conjunction with the foundational principles of Order, Truth, Righteousness, Justice, Reciprocity, Balance and Harmony. This then would be our cultural and political movements of the 21st Century.
We the People in the 21st Century have accepted the conditions of our situation as unchangeable by our hands: What will be the message that we leave our children and give to the Ancestral Spirit that we stand on?
We the People have made great strides under the capitalistic system in America, under the European control of financial institutions, under the various political and cultural institutions that we have built. We only need to look at the churches, temples, and mosques that we have built to honor the Most High and yet WE HAVE not built Our Temples to honor the Most High. Yet, we populate prisons throughout the world; we maintain systems of exploitation, and we are as economically dependent today as we were during our forced incarceration.
We the People, in order to change our state in the world but unite culturally despite differences, must believe that we can define, develop and promote US.
We the members of the UNIA need to honor our Ancestors by doing it right and completing the task while the Elders that remain can guide Us.
We the members of the UNIA need to recognize the basis of our plight and the thought process that has prevented Us from moving forward. We have not done enough; what we have done is too little.
We the people have a responsibility to Our Children and it will take a village to raise them and a village to ensure that the future is a different reality.
We should remember the sacrifice of Amy Ashwood Garvey, Amy Jaques Garvey, Thomas W. Harvey, James R. Stewart, Charles L. James, Henrietta Vinton Davis, Sarah Richardson Issac, Marcus Garvey Jr., Carlos Cook, Rev. Tucker, A.L. Crawford, Ali Duse Muhammad, Anna E. Howard, William LeVan Sherrill, just to name a few.
No organization can grow without trust and belief in its missions.
by Maya Angelou
When I was young, I used to
Watch behind the curtains
As men walked up and down the street.
Wino men, old men.
Young men sharp as mustard.
See them. Men are always
They knew I was there. Fifteen
Years old and starving for them.
Under my window, they would pauses,
Their shoulders high like the
Breasts of a young girl,
Jacket tails slapping over
One day they hold you in the
Palms of their hands, gentle, as if you
Were the last raw egg in the world. Then
They tighten up. Just a little. The
First squeeze is nice. A quick hug.
Soft into your defenselessness. A little
More. The hurt begins. Wrench out a
Smile that slides around the fear. When the
Your mind pops, exploding fiercely, briefly,
Like the head of a kitchen match. Shattered.
It is your juice
That runs down their legs. Staining their shoes.
When the earth rights itself again,
And taste tries to return to the tongue,
Your body has slammed shut. Forever.
No keys exist.
Then the window draws full upon
Your mind. There, just beyond
The sway of curtains, men walk.
But this time, I will simply
Stand and watch.
Akili S. M. Nkrumah
1st Assistant President General/UNIA-ACL
Fathers: It Takes A Village
To the millions of Men who are faceless but are Dads and to the Fathers who go unnoticed because the attention generally focuses on those men who are not present; To the Men who sacrifice, nurture and love their children and their partners, I say Thank you. For we have not looked closely at the redefined role of a Man and I have learned that the view is different with a few things consistent.
We see Men like Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King, and Malcom X and say they were good men and some may question how they handled their parenting of their children. However, didn’t each of these Men love their children and make the ultimate sacrifice for the future of their children and Us? We say that Men must be present in the lives of their children and a part of the community that raises all the children. So are we not examples of the Love that surrounds our Race and promotes its healing and growth? The success of our ability to perform many tasks is sometimes overshadowed by the image that we are unfeeling and we are strong because we show no weakness. Yet the truth is we feel our children’s pain, our Partner’s anxiety and the need to create a better path for us to travel; but we know that we cannot do it alone. It is this need for support, companionship and sometimes a push that has been cited as a weakness and it is untrue. When we view Men like Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Dubois, and Adam Clayton Powell we say that they did “A Job Well Done!” However they are us and we are them for each of us embodies what is necessary to achieve. Yes; good fathers are contributors to racial development.
We live in a system that has given us a proscription which has defined us far differently than we are. Our doctors, Imhotep, Akhenaten, and Edward Blyden gave us a prescription to achieve the needs of our families and Nation -- examples of improving the world through improving our conditions, defining ourselves and understanding how we are all connected.
Fathers build; and, as builders we are contributors and when necessary liberators. We face each day knowing the impact we have for we to nurture.
It is now being discussed how our daughters need the involvement of their father in order to grow. Also to lead for We are a people with leadership not defined by gender but by ability. It has not always been this way but for lasting Freedom and complete liberation, leadership will be the partnership that we need to exist in all of our families. This will be our legacy to the world.
Fathers are a part of the village and I want to take an opportunity to say that there are Fathers in our community that resemble and represent what it means to be a Father.
WE the Men must stand by our children and our partners -- Those who bring forth our children.
WE must stand in the gap of services, finances, emotional and physical needs and sacrifice and achieve the greatness that we represent.
WE must Love unconditionally.
WE Must Love Ourselves.
Tribute Good Fathers:
Prentice Powell Poem Good Father
JUNE 1, 2014
Anacostia Art Gallery Tribute To Maya Angelou
JUNE 3, 2014
National Museum of African Art Opens Its Doors for
50th Anniversary Day Celebration June 3, 2014
Music, Performances and Dance Will Mark the Occasion
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art celebrates its 50th anniversary Tuesday, June 3, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Visitors of all ages can experience special performances and events intended to inspire them to learn more about the people and cultures of Africa and its diaspora through music, dance, film and art. The event is free.
The original Capitol Hill museum was founded June 3, 1964, by Warren Robbins in a townhouse that was originally the home of abolitionist Frederick Douglass from 1871 to 1877. The anniversary year will honor Robbins’ vision of “cross-cultural communication through education in the arts of Africa.
“I want all ages to experience this special 50th-anniversary celebration at the National Museum of African Art,” said Maya Angelou, the honorary chair of the museum’s national campaign. “You can sing the songs, dance the dances, see the sculptures and hear the melodies. Not only do you belong to the museum, it belongs to you. Congratulations for the happy anniversary.”
JUNE 20, 2014
UNIA TRAVEL AMBASSADOR
DR. RUNOKO RASHIDI RETURNS TO BANNEKER CITY
JUNE 20 - 21, 2014
Restoration and Renewal of Memory:
Discussion and River Walk
JUNE 21, 2014
AUGUST 14-17, 2014
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