August 21, 2013

Look for me in the Whirlwind or the Storm | Circle of Friends, International

(L-R) Geoffrey Philp, Malachi Smith, Marva McClean, and Dobby Dobson

by Marva McClean

"Look for me in the whirlwind and the storm!"

 These words spoken by Jamaican national hero Marcus Garvey, remind us of our accountability to take action to address the ills in our society. They are strong powerful words, evoking the graphic imagery of natural subversion even as they symbolically convey the writer’s sense of urgency and commitment to fight forcefully for change. The truth is, Marcus Garvey, 1887-1940, was widely known for his subversive words and militant actions. 

An activist who fought for the rights of Black people through agentive action and publications like The Negro World, his memory and influence remain strong today among those involved in the continuing struggle for social justice and equity in our society. This was the consensus reached by the  group of literary friends gathered this past Saturday at the Broward County South Regional Library, Florida to celebrate the word and their heritage in a literary expo hosted by cultural activist Vonnie McGowan.

Interestingly, the event fell on Garvey’s birthday and  it was fitting then, that Garvey scholar and chair of the committee to exonerate Garvey, Geoffrey Philp shared thoughts on Garvey’s work as a Pan Africanist  as well as excerpts from Geoff’s book Marcus and the Amazons, a satire on colonialism and an assertion of the struggle of people of color for empowerment.

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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:
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