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Refresh Garvey bust at SBA HQ

Published:Friday | September 29, 2017 | 12:00 AM


With all the recent outcry, and rightly so, about the fenky-fenky-looking bust of our outstanding pan-African leader and national hero, Marcus Mosiah Garvey, mounted at the University of the West Indies, Mona, I find it strange that there isn't even the slightest public reaction to the poor state of the long-ago-mounted and far-more-acceptable-looking Garvey bust at the Small Business Association's (SBA's) premises located at the corner of Trafalgar and Lady Musgrave roads in St Andrew has been in for some time now.

And, for me, the irony of ironies is that the bust is just steps away from a business entity operated on the premises by the current president of the local chapter of the UNIA - the movement founded by Garvey for the uplift of people of African 'ascent', and which premises is next door to the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport!

This is a low-hanging fruit that UNIA Jamaica and the culture ministry, both of the past administration and this current one, could have easily collaborated on to have renovated. Why UNIA Jamaica, to the best of my knowledge, has not taken the lead and initiative to get this bust of its founder refurbished is beyond me.

But it is not too late for action to be taken, and it would be a worthy move if that renovation could be undertaken in time for the celebrations slated for next month (October), given the significance of the month each year on our national calendar.

So, over to you, Minister 'Babsy' Grange and President Steven Golding! Our hero is certainly deserving of his bust at the SBA (and, indeed, anywhere else where a bust or statue of him is mounted) being refurbished and maintained in a condition worthy of the man. And I sincerely hope it won't be the Chinese who will be given the job to refresh the bust!


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