We have the inspiring philosophy of Marcus Mosiah Garvey whose birthday we celebrate this week. August 17 should be a national holiday when we raise awareness of this most famous Jamaican National Hero, who was a champion of entrepreneurship and self determination. He was not a racist, and wrote about the achievements of America's white entrepreneurs in glowing terms. In fact, he was one of the greatest philosophers of the 20th century.
Two years ago on Garvey's birthday, my husband and I headed to the Bird's Nest in Beijing for our third evening at the Olympics. I declared that we needed to win some medals for Marcus – he told me that I was being greedy because we had won Gold on the two previous days. Would you believe, it was that very night that our three women athletes made history with one gold and two silver medals (see report at blog linked below). A Russian who spotted our flag shouted at us, “Jamaica, you are great! 1-2-2!”
Check the August 2008 report in the blog!