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Donna McFarlane a queen of pan-Africanism

Published:Saturday | February 3, 2018 | 12:03 AM


It was with a sense of shock and grief that the members of the National Council on Reparation (Jamaica), especially those who were with her on the National Commission on Reparation (2012-2016), received news of the transition of our beloved sister, Donna McFarlane.

Dr McFarlane not only built on the foundations of Liberty Hall The Legacy of Marcus Garvey, but with loyal support from sponsors and friends combined with passion, a formidable intellect and creativity, made it what it is today a world-class multimedia, interactive museum. She was generous to all those who wanted to use the space at Liberty Hall for pan-African discussions, and only scheduling issues would make her unable to respond to a request for a 'grounding' there.

She was a warrior for reparatory justice and ensured that Liberty Hall was the location in 2015 for a spontaneous gathering to protest the audacity of then United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron, who came to Jamaica offering the gift of a prison rather than a compensation package for the wrongs of the past committed by his ancestors against our ancestors.

Dr McFarlane was quite clear that as it seemed unlikely that a significant proportion of the Jamaican adult population could come around to the idea that they were Africans, the children could, perhaps, be educated to accept the idea. Therefore, she spent a great deal of her time teaching them the tenets of Garveyism and the pride they could feel in being African.

Jamaica has lost a pan-African, warrior Queen. The NCR vows to continue her work.