first_imgMayann Francis, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, will be the special guest speaker at an event this weekend that will celebrate an international symbol of pride and freedom. Marcus Garvey Days will be held at the historic U.N.I.A. (Universal Negro Improvement Association) Cultural Museum, 35 Jessome St., Glace Bay, Thursday, Aug. 16, to Sunday, Aug. 19. Daily events will begin at 8 a.m. Lt.-Gov. Francis will speak Friday, Aug. 17, at 2 p.m. “Marcus Garvey promoted the ideals of pride, freedom, self-reliance and education, ideals all Nova Scotians can aspire to,” said Barry Barnet, Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs. “These are certainly principles that have been the foundation on which success and growth in the African Nova Scotian community have been built upon.” Jamaican born Marcus Moziah Garvey founded what is commonly known as the Universal Negro Improvement Association in 1917. Mr. Garvey thought people of African descent would be respected only when they were economically strong and that obtaining a broad education was a good start to realizing this goal. In an effort to unify the people he established more than 1,100 branches of the Universal Negro Improvement Association in more than 40 countries, including halls in Glace Bay, Sydney, and New Waterford. “The Glace Bay U.N.I.A. Cultural Museum was founded in 1918 and is the only U.N.I.A. left in Canada,” said Theresa Brewster, executive director, Glace Bay U.N.I.A. Cultural Museum. “It is a centre for community activities and celebrations and also honours Cape Breton County’s African Nova Scotians.” Mr. Garvey visited the hall in 1928. For a list of events see the website at www.uniaculturalmuseum.org .last_img

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