Celebrating 127 years of Marcus Garvey
Carl Gilchrist, Gleaner Writer
Tineil Moodie emerged winner of the 2014 Marcus Garvey Scholarship for Excellence from a field of five Grade Six Achievement Test students who were up for the award.
The Mount Zion Primary School student, who will begin classes at Marcus Garvey Technical High School in September, is the third winner of the award, named in honour of National Hero Marcus Mosiah Garvey.
The scholarship is valued at $50,000 per year for the five years she is expected to remain at the school.
The award was one of the highlights of the civic ceremony put on by the St Ann Parish Council to honour Garvey on the 127th anniversary of his birth and his 50th year as a national hero.
Held under the theme 'Garvey and the New Jamaica', the event attracted a fair turnout on the grounds of the St Ann Parish Library on which a statue of the late national hero is erected.
Wreaths were laid at the foot of Garvey's statue by councillors Marlon Garvey and Ian Bell, who deputised for youth minister Lisa Hanna, who had to leave early, and visiting San Francisco State University professor Oba T'Shaka.
T'Shaka in bringing greetings highlighted the impact that Garvey had on the lives of international figures, such as Malcolm X, Elijah Muhammad, Louis Farrakhan, and Rosa Parks.
Youth Minister Lisa Hanna said Garvey was ahead of his time and had he been in this generation would have impressed on the youth the importance and courage of accepting their own identity.
Custos Norma Walters questioned what Jamaica, as a nation, has done with Garvey's tremendous legacy as in many respects, he continues to inform our politics, religion, and culture.
Mayor Desmond Gilmore said the St Ann Parish Council has made a conscious effort to keep Garvey's legacy alive in the parish and, by extension, nationally and internationally.
"For us here in St Ann, Garvey remains one of the pivotal forces in instilling black pride and upward and forward social and economic mobility in the minds and hearts of black people," Gilmore stated.
The occasion was also marked by a brilliant performance by a small group of students from St John's Preparatory School in Ocho Rios, whose vocal and drumming abilities delighted the gathering.