BROWARD COUNTY – During the entire month of August 2014, the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC) will be exhibiting a gallery dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of Marcus Garvey’s Universal Negro Improvement Association & African Communities League (UNIA-ACL). This mixed-media exhibition is mounted by the Rootz Foundation, Inc. and it will focus on the life, times and modern day legacy of Marcus Garvey and the UNIA-ACL.
Dr. Julius Garvey, MD, son of Marcus Garvey, will be the Guest of Honor at the opening of the exhibit on Friday August 1, 2014 at 4 p.m. The opening reception will mark both Emancipation Day 2014—a day of special significance for many Caribbean and African countries—as well as the start of this year’s extended Marcus Garvey Rootz Extravaganza.
The Centennial Exhibit features a large collection of public and private Garvey family photographs; vintage photographs of the UNIA members on the march and attending various events; posters and handbills promoting the 1920s Black Star Line shipping endeavor; a variety of press clippings, books and magazines related to the Garvey movement; inspiring quotes by Garvey himself and insightful quotes about Garvey by other famous notables; historical data and timelines; plus looped audio visual displays.
This informative exhibit is geared towards students and those interested in learning more about the life and achievements of the Jamaican and Pan-American hero, the global impact of his organization, and about ongoing efforts by many different people and organizations to continue his legacy.
One unique aspect of this exhibition are photographs and documents detailing the existence of the UNIA-ACL in 21st century America and showcasing the organization’s present day membership and its current activities internationally.
The Rootz Extravaganza is staged annually by the Rootz Foundation Inc. to observe and celebrate the birth of the Jamaica-born Pan-African Patriarch and Hero, Marcus Mosiah Garvey. This year the event will be celebrating the 127th anniversary of Garvey’s birth together with the 100th anniversary of the UNIA-ACL.
The African-American Research Library and Cultural Center is located at 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311. Call the Welcome Desk at 954-357-6210.