August 2012 marks the 125th anniversary of the birth of Pan-African and Pan-American Hero Marcus Mosiah Garvey. To mark this milestone anniversary, the Rootz Foundation Inc. has invited celebrated historian, Garvey disciple Dr. Runoko Rashidi, to deliver the feature presentation at the 2012 Rootz Extravaganza on Friday August 17. Dr. Rashidi, the Traveling Ambassador of the UNIA (Garvey’s organization), is well known for his one-of-a-kind and enlightening slide-shows comprising exclusive photographs from all over the globe.
Dr. Rashidi is a public lecturer, research specialist, writer and world traveler who concentrates on the African foundations of world civilizations. His specialty is the African presence in Asia, Australia, and the Pacific Islands, and he has coordinated numerous historic educational group tours to locations all over the world. Dr. Rashidi is the author of a number of books including “Introduction to the Study of African Classical Civilizations,” and along with Dr. Ivan Van Sertima, he co-edited “The African Presence in Early Asia,” considered “the most comprehensive volume on the subject yet produced”.
Vocalists Everton Blender and Pressure Buss Pipe, along with musician Pablove Black will be the recipients of this year’s Marcus Garvey Community Service Awards. The information filled and variety packed program will offer a cross section of activities including audio-visual screenings, photographic displays, live music by guest artists, African Dancers, as well as food and refreshments, door prizes and surprises.
In addition, patrons to the 2012 Rootz Extravaganza will be able to sign a petition to President Obama requesting the exoneration of Marcus Garvey.
The 125th anniversary of Marcus Garvey’s birthday will be staged at the Joseph C. Carter Park, located at 1450 West Sunrise Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. The event will be under the patronage of the Jamaican Consul General in Miami, Mrs. Sandra Grant-Griffiths. The program is scheduled for 7.00 pm to midnight on Friday, August 17, 2012, which has been designated “Marcus Garvey Appreciation Day” in the City of Fort Lauderdale. Entry to the 2012 Marcus Garvey Rootz Extravaganza will be free.
The cultural celebration is staged annually by the Rootz Foundation Inc. to mark the birthday of Marcus Garvey. The Jamaican-born Garvey became a National/International Hero in Jamaica, the Caribbean, the Americas and in Africa, after he organized and led the Universal Negro Improvement Association, the UNIA. The organization became the largest international mass movement of Black people in the history of the United States and the world.
For this year’s renewal of the family-friendly and student oriented cultural event, the Rootz Foundation Inc. has partnered once again with the City of Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation Department. The Broward County Library heads the list of sponsors of the event. Other sponsors of the 2012 Rootz Extravaganza are: Tomlinson’s Dental Care, Goldson Spinal Center, Hall’s Neurological Surgery, Bobby’s Meals, Carl’s Seafood, Nature’s Coolers Juices, In & Out Tires, Holistic Arts Center, WDNA 88.9 FM, Whiz Communications, LoveLight Promotions, Island Beat Marketing, Talawah Roots Tonic and the Rootz Magazine.
For more information call Rootz Foundation at 954-981-1176 or Joseph Carter Park at 954-828-5411