Marcus Mosiah Garvey
To all our readers, subscribers and supporters, we have been asked by our friend, W.B. Garvey, descendant of Marcus Mosiah Garvey to circulate the following petition initiated by Garvey’s son, Dr. Julius Garvey, Marcus Garvey’s son, forwarded to him from Liberty Hall in Jamaica, “asking for people to add their support to the efforts seeking a posthumous presidential pardon for Marcus Garvey from President Obama. The text of Dr. Garvey’s letter is below, and we attached the draft letter (*see at the end of post below) which was suggested by him, slightly modified by W.B. which you may use as a template. As noted, he asks that letters in support be sent to Melissa Chastang at the law firm of Akin Gump in Washington D.C.
According to W. B. Dr. Garvey will be speaking at a news conference in Washington D.C. this coming Wednesday to gain support for this effort before President Obama leaves office. “While posthumous pardons are rare, they are not completely unknown,” said W.B., “and now is the time to add our voices to those in support.” We are in complete support of this petition to exonerate the late Marcus Mosiah Garvey and lift all blot of shame from his name and legacy. Please read carefully the following letter by Dr. Julius Garvey.
Nick Diunte and Clyde Parris spending some time together back in 2007. Image thanks to Nick Diunte.
Clyde Parris in 1959
We discovered a couple of days ago that our Baseball hero from the ranks of the Silver People of Panama, Jonathan “Clyde” Parris, just passed away at age 93 on July 9, 2016 in Valley Stream, New York. We wrote about him previously here.
Thanks to his young friend, fan and interviewer, Nick Diunte who posted articles about him on his blog here, we were updated on his passing. Thank you Nick Diunte for your loving attention to this great man and athlete. You can also view his entire professional career here. Continue reading
The headline reads “Cementerio Corozal en la Desidia.” Image thanks to TVN – on line.
Desidia is a term often bantered about in Panama’s daily newspapers concerning the pitiful state of its noble national and historic monuments and parks- part of its physical cultural legacy or what the UNESCO refers to as its tangible cultural heritage. It has ugly connotations when referring to the Silver Roll Cemeteries of Panama. Its meaning runs the gamut of apathy, indolence, laziness, carelessness, slovenliness, every nuance that is opposed to the attitude of its original American founders and the West Indian caretakers put in service to tend the cemeteries. It describes the present state of the once magnificent symbols of our West Indian cultural heritage here in Panama. Continue reading
A scene from Colon Carnaval in 1972. Image thanks to our friends at Colón de Ayer.
Here I am making my small contribution to the Carnaval in Panama City. Dressed in my Diablito costume that I made at home, I tried to liven things up on Via Venetto. 2006
Another jewel from the desk of our friend Tito Johnson recalls the golden days of Carnaval, especially the celebration in the City of Colon, which I recall with nostalgia and haven´t seen replicated even in Panama City, although the Carnavals in our capitol city were Real Carnaval until the mid 1950´s. By the late 1950´s I would say that Panama´s Carnaval started going downhill by cultural standards. I hope you enjoy this memory as much as I did. Continue reading
We hope you enjoy Tito Johnson´s memories of Colon as much as we have. Here is Part II.
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