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Marcus Garvey Jr dies in Florida

Published:Wednesday | December 9, 2020 | 12:21 AM
A 1968 photograph of Marcus Garvey Jr.
A 1968 photograph of Marcus Garvey Jr.

Marcus Garvey Jr, the firstborn son of Jamaica’s first national hero, Marcus Mosiah Garvey, died in Wellington, Florida, on Tuesday.

Garvey, 90, lost his battle with Alzheimer’s disease, a condition he had been battling for several years.

Marcus Garvey Jr, in many ways, walked in his father’s footsteps, becoming president general of the United Negro Improvement Association (UNIA). He was born in St Andrew, Jamaica, and spent much of his time touring and lecturing across the Caribbean, North America, Europe, and Africa.

But outside of his passionate activism, Garvey was also a brilliant electrical engineer, physicist, and mathematician.

“The departure of Marcus Jr, whom I had been married to for over 30 years, will leave a void that cannot be filled, and he will be greatly missed by numerous family, friends, and colleagues from all over the world, in many places where he had left indelible footprints,” widow Jean Garvey disclosed.

Garvey is survived by Jean, younger brother Dr Julius Garvey, sons Colin and Kyle-Sekou, stepdaughter Michelle Morris, and four grandchildren.

Send-off plans will be announced later.

– Dave Rodney