Dr. Julius Garvey, renowned surgeon and son of civil rights legend Marcus Mosiah Garvey, will speak at two events this month as part of the Decade for People of African Descent Speaker Series.
“Nova Scotia is proud to welcome Dr. Garvey to the province,” said African Nova Scotian Affairs Minister Tony Ince. “His father’s legacy and accomplishments are well known in the African Nova Scotian community, and this is an opportunity for all Nova Scotians to learn more about our history and our contributions.”
Through the speaker series, African Nova Scotian Affairs works with community organizations to host local, national and international speakers to offer different perspectives on the Decade for People of African Descent. The series creates awareness, and supports projects and initiatives in African Nova Scotian communities.
Dr. Garvey’s visit is the result of a partnership with the Glace Bay Universal Negro Improvement Association, an organization Marcus Garvey helped establish in the early 1900s.
“We are honoured and look forward to having Dr. Garvey visit us,” said Theresa Brewster, the association’s Glace Bay chairperson. “It is historical to have him speak in the same place his father spoke in 1937. His father was truly a leader and someone who we are proud to be connected to.”
Dr. Garvey will speak in Sydney and Halifax about the Decade for People of African Descent, his father’s enormous legacy, and the challenges facing people of African descent. Two appearances are open to the public:
— Wednesday, Sept. 14, 11:30 a.m., Cape Breton University, Multiversity Learning Centre, 1250 Grand Lake Rd., Sydney
— Friday, Sept. 16, 7 p.m., Dalhousie University, Ondaatje Hall, Marion McCain Building, 6135 University Ave., Halifax
The United Nations declared 2015-24 the International Decade for People of African Descent: Recognition, Justice and Development.
For more information, visit https://ansa.novascotia.ca/international-decade-people-african-descent .