In celebration of Marcus Garvey Day, Mayor of Kingston Dr. Angela Brown, on Wednesday 17th August, 2016, had decided to sponsor a poetry competition for our secondary school students, under the theme. ‘Proud of My Black Skin’.
This is in in acknowledgement of the 129th Anniversary of the birth of our first and only International Hero, the Rt. Excellent Marcus Garvey. The Kingston and St. Andrew City Council is an organization in which the Rt. Excellent Marcus Garvey served as a City Councillor.
So it is fitting that this poetry competition is being sponsored by the KSAC in his honour.
‘Proud of My Black Skin’ Poetry competition – In Honour of Marcus Garvey
The competition is being launched on Marcus Garvey Day because of the great symbolism of today’s date. The awards will be made during October 2016 during which time Jamaica celebrates National Heritage Week, when we celebrate the lives and work of our National Heroes.
The competition will commence on Thursday 1st September, just ahead of the reopening of the school year and will end on Friday 30th September, 2016. Entries can either be done as a class project, or by an individual student. Poems will be limited to a maximum of one-hundred (100) words.
Entry forms will be available as of the commencement date to schools and Councillors and will also be available on the KSAC’s Website. Although there will be prizes for the top five entries, we are not promoting the prizes as the motivation for participation.
Marcus Garvey and being Black – Greatness, royalty and heritage of our forefathers
The main aim of the exercise, through creative literary endeavor, is to reinforce, instill or re-instill racial pride in our ancestry, our history and our courage.
We see the colour of our black skin as an important embodiment of the greatness, royalty and heritage of our forefathers. This competition is expected to stimulate the creative thinking of our young and their celebration of our rich cultural heritage