It was indeed a pleasure and honor to participate in the first annual International Culture Day festival hosted by the Qubtic Church of the Black Messiah on Saturday, June 25th on the historic Southern Recreational Grounds. A site where local and international leaders have been known to deliver fiery and noteworthy speeches to the masses. In fact, Marcus Garvey once delivered a speech to UNIA members on those grounds. That rich history and the ambience of that place...the huge trees that shade you from direct sunlight and the music the leaves make as they dance in the wind as community members walk to and fro. All that makes those grounds the ideal place for African people to gather. To laugh, to smile, to meet up, to eat, to talk, to catch up, in this 21 x 7 mile concrete jungle. A place where we sometimes forget the beauty of each other, the beauty of the island. But on those sacred grounds we are forced to remember. We go back and fetch. We remember our duty to continue the legacy of those people who met on those grounds with a view to improving the well being of our people for generations to come.
The day saw a steady stream of people. Lots of children and families. There was African music of all genres and vendors, including BlackFood Shop. There was also entertainment: song, drumming, dance, and even a fashion show!
It was a beautyfull day. A day of positivity, of African culture and unity. Based on its success, the African conscious community has decided to host a similar event in August for Emancipation Day. Please mark it on your calendar. We'll be sure to keep you all informed.