Marcus Garvey Bust will be placed in the African Union Headquarters


The State of the African Diaspora expresses its gratitude to His Excellency, Chief Charumbira, President of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) of the African Union (AU), who has accepted to have a representation of Marcus Garvey in Ethiopia and in South Africa, Headquarters of the AU and of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP).

As a matter of fact, the campaign was initiated by Dr Julius Garvey, Marcus Garvey’s son, a few months ago. Being an ambassador at large of the State of the African Diaspora (SOAD), Dr Garvey asked Dr Tin, Prime Minister of SOAD, to also support this initiative. During the Marcus Garvey Day, celebrated on August 17th, Dr Tin officially endorsed the campaign, and the day after, wrote to Chief Charumbira, who is also the co-chair of the Royal Chamber of SOAD.

Chief Charumbira’s answer to Dr Tin was very quick and very positive. First of all, he paid a tribute to the Pan-African spirit delivered by the great Marcus Garvey. Indeed, Marcus Garvey is great not only for his vision that created the movement  “Back to Africa”, but also for his capacity to mobilise. His organisation had more than 6 millions members in more than 40 countries, in Africa and in the Diaspora. It was the biggest black organisation ever.

Chief Charumbira made it very clear : "Please count me and Pan-African Parliament as having accepted the posting both at AU and PAP of the portrait of Marcus Garvey."

When Dr Garvey received this beautiful piece of news from Dr Tin, he then declared : "I am very grateful to Chief Charumbira, the President of the Pan-African Parliament, who has accepted this tribute to Marcus Garvey. It is a beautiful present for my father’s birthday, and not only for him, but also for all who, like Dr Tin and all the members of SOAD, believe we have to unify our great family beyond borders, beyond oceans."

Dr Tin, Prime Minister of SOAD, also expressed his deep gratitude to Chief Charumbira, who demonstrated once more that he is a true Pan-African leader, which is exactly what we need. Also, the Prime Minister expressed his congratulations to Sharon Parris-Chambers, who organised SOAD's inaugural conference for Marcus Garvey Day. Then, he concluded : “As we regularly say, our commemorations are not substitutes for action, as too often happens, but springboards for action. And while we honor Marcus Garvey, we also create actions, inspired by his vision, which is also our vision.”

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