Jamaica Observer / The St Ann Homecoming & Heritage Foundation earlier this month held its seventh annual Marcus Garvey Lecture at the St Ann Parish Library. Guest speaker, Vivian Crawford, director of the Institute of Jamaica, presented on the topic ‘Garvey and Women’, focusing on Garvey’s two wives —Amy Jacques and Amy Ashwood.

Crawford noted that the two played “pivotal” roles in the development of the Universal Negro Improvement Association.

He said that Garvey, Jamaica’s first national hero, championed the independence of women at a time when they were regarded as inferior to men in terms of voting and citizenship rights.

The annual lecture is aimed at keeping the memory of Garvey alive in St Ann, his birth-place.

Along with St Ann Homecoming & Heritage Foundation, the series is organised by St Ann Parish Library, Noranda Bauxite, and the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission.

The lecture was attended by scores of students and residents from the parish.

Chairman of the foundation, Lance Neita said it is striving, through education and other avenues such as the lecture series, to ensure that St Ann never loses sight of its proud heritage and culture, “and can take a leadership role among the parishes in the preservation and utilisation of these precious and unique aspects of our [history]”.

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