On August 17th in 1887, Jamaica's first National Hero was born. Marcus Mosiah Garvey would later emerge on the world stage as the founder of the largest Pan-African mass movement ever. The Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) was founded in the city of Kingston in 1914 and became the platform from which Garvey commanded the attention of the world.  The confraternity launched a plethora of programs and ventures designed to inspire the race toward self-reliance and nationhood.  From agriculture and education to business and the arts, Garvey intended an African empire that would meet the challenge of the world industrially and socially while lending its protection to Africa's sons and daughters at home and abroad.

On  August 17th 2013, in celebration of the 125th anniversary of the birth of our founder, the UNIA is proud to host the fourth annual Marcus Garvey Awards dinner and ceremony honoring ordinary Jamaicans who are accomplishing extraordinary things.  Join us at 7 p.m. on the East Lawns of Devon House in honour of our first National Hero in this our 50th year of independence as we recognize Jamaicans who have given unselfishly to improve the lives of their fellow countrymen.

All Proceeds to Charity

We invite you and your company to help bring change by supporting the social intervention programs established by the UNIA including literacy classes, African martial arts training, and a free music school. These programs are conducted at the organization’s Garvey House located inthe West Kingston community where Marcus Garvey lived and first established the UNIA. 

Our other community outreach activities include:

GARVEY HOUSE Kingston Restoration Project- Refurbishing UNIA HQ in downtown Kingston.

UNIA MUSIC & LITERACY PROGRAM – Free reading and music lessons 

GARVEYISM REHABILITATION OUTREACH (GRO) – educational prison program.

MCPHERSON HALFWAY HOME – Training house for young men out of state institutions.

Event Details: 

LOCATION: The East Lawns, Devon House

DATE:  Saturday 17th August, 2013 
Marcus Garvey (Jamaica’s first National Hero’s Birthday)

DRESS: Formal.  




AFRICAN CUISINE MENU: Cameroon, Gambia, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Congo, Tanzania

SPECIAL GUESTS: Private Sector, Government Agencies, African Ambassadors, Entertainers

TICKETS/COSTS: $5000 Single. $8000 Couples

AWARDS: Agriculture, Arts, Business, Education, Industry, Journalism, Music, Social, Trade

Past Performers: Queen Ifrica Etana, Tarrus Riley, Tony Rebel, Protoge, Jimmy Tucker, Perfect, Warrior King, Sharon Tucker, African Drum....Ensemble....

Register for this event now at :

Your kind support is greatly appreciated as we work together for a better Jamaica.


The Coalition for the Exoneration of Marcus Garvey is petitioning Senator Bill Nelson, Representative Frederica Wilson, and the Congress of the United States of America for the exoneration of Marcus Garvey:

We are also petitioning President Barack Obama to exonerate Marcus Garvey:
Thank you for your support.


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