The Greatest Ethiopianist Of All Time? On this date on September 30th, 2006, in Hartford, Connecticut, ground was broken for a mini park in memory of the Jamaican National hero and Ethiopianist, the Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey.
Garvey (17 August 1887 – 10 June 1940) is best remembered for founding the United Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League(UNIA-ACL), and the Black Star Line as a means to repatriate African Americans to the African continent. Most notably, Garvey’s prophetic speech of the crowning of an African king on the eve of the coronation of Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie was regarded as a pivotal component in the establishment of the Rastafarian movement.
The mini park ceremony, designated as Marcus Garvey Place and located in a large Jamaican community, was highlighted by the “turning of the ground” by Dr. Julius Garvey, son of the late Back-to-Africa advocate. It was another milestone act of retribution to a man who was deported from the United States in 1925 after being convicted for mail fraud, a charge largely regarded as a conspiracy to weaken the rising defender of African American civil rights.
The following is a segment of
Marcus Garvey’s “God of Ethiopia” speech:
“If the white man has the idea of a white God, let him worship his God as he desires. If the yellow man’s God is of his race let him worship his god as he sees fit. We, as Negroes, have found a new ideal. Whilst our God has no color, yet it is human to see everything through one’s own spectacles, and since the white people have seen their through white spectacles, we have only now started out (late though it be) to see our God through our own spectacles. The God of Isaac and the God of Jacob let him exist for the race that believes in the god of Isaac and the god of Jacob. We Negroes believe in the God of Ethiopia, the Everlasting God—God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost, the One God of all ages. That is the God in whom we believe, but we shall worship him through the spectacles of Ethiopia . ”
(Photo: A monument honoring Marcus Garvey in Trinidad. There are numerous parks and monuments throughout north America honoring Garvey but none officially reported in Ethiopia .)
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