Visit to Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem

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The students attended a story-telling event by a CCCADI teaching artist in Marcus Garvey Park, which was followed by a tour of the Kipp:Starr Charter School and then dinner at a Somalian restaurant .

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Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr., ONH (17 August 1887 – 10 June 1940),[ was a Jamaican political leader, publisher, journalist, entrepreneur, and orator who was a proponent of the Pan-Africanism movement, to which end he founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL) in the United States. Garvey also founded the Black Star Line, a shipping and passenger line which promoted the return of the African diaspora to their ancestral lands.

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Prior to the 20th century, leaders such as Prince Hall, Martin Delany, Edward Wilmot Blyden, and Henry Highland Garnet advocated the involvement of the African diaspora in African affairs. Garvey was unique in advancing a Pan-African philosophy to inspire a global mass movement and economic empowerment focusing on Africa known as Garveyism.

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For his activities the Marcus Garvey Park located in Harlem in the New York City borough of Manhattan was named after this son of Jamaica. The Jamaican delegation toured this 20.17-acre (81,600 m2) park, centered on a massive and steep outcropping of schist and surrounded by flat lawns and playing fields. Then were then educated on the work that Garvey had done in the United States. What is interesting here is that while the Jamaican students knew of Garvey, who is a national hero on the island, they knew nothing of his impact within the United States. The students were later joined by a teaching artist provided by CCCADI who performed African, Caribbean and African American folk tales and songs for the students.

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