This Day in History: Marcus Garvey was born

first_imgThis Day in History: Marcus Garvey was bornOn this day, August 17, 1887, Marcus Mosiah Garvey, a Jamaican political leader, publisher, journalist, entrepreneur, and orator who was a proponent of the Black nationalism and Pan-Africanism movements, was born in St. Ann.At 14 years old, Garvey became a printer’s apprentice. In 1903, he traveled to Kingston, Jamaica, and became involved in union activities. In 1907, he took part in an unsuccessful printer’s strike and the experience gave him a new found passion for political activism. Three years later, he traveled throughout Central America working as an newspaper editor and writing about the exploitation of migrant workers in the plantations. He later traveled to London where he attended Birkbeck College, now called the University of London, and worked for the African Times and Orient Review, which advocated for Pan-African nationalism.Garvey was active in the United States from 1916-1925 and advocated for racial separation and emigration of American-Africans to Africa. He was the founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) and founded the Black Star Line, a steamship company owned and operated by blacks to link black communities around the world. The Black Business Network is inspired by the vision and accomplishments of Garvey. By 1919, Marcus Garvey and UNIA had launched the Black Star Line, a shipping company that would establish trade and commerce between Africans in America, the Caribbean, South and Central America, Canada and Africa. At the same time, Garvey started the Negros Factories Association, a series of companies that would manufacture marketable commodities in every big industrial center in the Western hemisphere and Africa.In August 1920, UNIA claimed 4 million members and held its first International Convention at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Before a crowd of 25,000 people from all over world, Marcus Garvey spoke of having pride in African history and culture. Many found his words inspiring, however, some black leaders found his separatist philosophy to be one of controversy. W.E.B. Du Bois, a prominent black leader and officer of the NAACP called Garvey, “the most dangerous enemy of the Negro race in America.” Marcus Garvey died in London in 1940. In 1964, his remains were exhumed and taken to Jamaica where the government proclaimed him Jamaica’s first national hero enshrined him in the National Heroes Park. His message of pride and dignity inspired many in the early days of the Civil Rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s. In tribute to his many contributions, Garvey’s bust has been displayed in the Organization of American States’ Hall of Heroes in Washington, D.C. The country of Ghana has named its shipping line the Black Star Line and its national soccer team the Black Stars, in honor of Garvey.last_img read more

Recovering from knife attack, Petra Kvitova back at practice

first_imgAi-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ View comments In this file photo, Petra Kvitova, of the Czech Republic, watches her shot during her women’s singles match against Wang Yafan of China at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing. Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova is back at practice, less than six months after being attacked by a knife-wielding intruder. APTwo-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova is back at practice, less than six months after being attacked by a knife-wielding intruder.Kvitova posted a photo on Instagram on Tuesday (Wednesday Manila time) showing herself swinging a tennis racket .ADVERTISEMENT LIST: Jan. 20 class suspensions due to Taal Volcano eruption LATEST STORIES Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Chot Reyes already fed up with no-show Blatchecenter_img Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar She included the message: “I hope this picture makes you as happy as it makes me! I am in Monaco and guess what? I’m back on the tennis court, hitting with some proper balls.”Kvitova has missed all season so far while recovering from surgery on her left, racket-holding hand in December. She was injured during an attack at her home in the Czech Republic.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnShe said last month that she was signing up for the French Open, which begins May 28, in hopes of competing. But she wasn’t sure whether she would be ready.Kvitova was the Wimbledon champion in 2011 and 2014. She climbed as high as No. 2 in the WTA rankings.last_img read more