Sunday, August 17, 2008

Gold and Silver for Marcus Mosiah!

Happy Birthday Marcus Mosiah Garvey!

It is Monday in Beijing, but still Sunday, August 17, in Jamaica where we are also celebrating the birthday of the Rt Hon. Marcus Mosiah Garvey, National Hero and founder of the UNIA, the powerful Black organisation which inspired the great Black leaders of America including Dr Martin Luther King Jr.

I want to believe that our Gold and Silver medals are special birthday gifts to this great Jamaican who declared, "Up you mighty race, you can accomplish what you will!"

Below are a poem and quote by Marcus Mosiah from
- now you know why Bolt is so cool!

Keep Cool

Suns have set and suns will rise
Upon many gloomy lives;
Those who sit around and say:
" Nothing good comes down our way."
Some say: "What's the use to try,
Life is awful hard and dry."
If they'd bring such news to you,
This is what you ought to do.

Let no trouble worry you;
Keep cool, keep cool!
Don't get hot like some folk do,
Keep cool, keep cool!
What's the use of prancing high
While the world goes smiling by.
You can win if you would try,
Keep cool, keep cool.

-- Marcus Garvey

“So few of us can understand what it takes to make a man - the man who will never say die; the man who will never give up; the man who will never depend upon others to do for him what he ought to do for himself; the man who will not blame God, who will not blame Nature, who will not blame Fate for his condition; but the man who will go out and make conditions to suit himself.”

With great nation-builders like Marcus Mosiah Garvey, no wonder Jamaicans are so confident!

It was Marcus that Bob Marley quoted when he sang, "Emancipate yourself from mental slavery - none but ourselves can free our minds."

One Love, One Heart

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