Tag Archives: Marcus Garvey

FMM 6 19 2020 Downpressor Man

“To hold a people in oppression you have to convince them first that they are supposed to be oppressed.” ~ John Henrik Clarke’ We keep saying these are strange times. But are they?  Over ten years ago I was getting ready to travel to Jamaica for a week of high school reunion activities. I had […]

FMM 6 12 2020 All the Rage

“Retribution haunts everyone, but catches up only the few.”~ Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach.  I admit I was naïve.  I blame Jamaica.  I had grown up as a white girl surrounded by a population whose motto is ‘Out of many, one people.’  The majority of Jamaicans are descended from the enslaved Africans who were brought to the […]

FMM 5 15 2020 Surface Tension

“We who engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. My parents were both pacifists.  My father’s brothers were also pacifists and as young men in 1939, at the start of World War II, […]

FMM 11 15 19 Myth America

“Poetry is the lifeblood of rebellion, revolution, and the raising of consciousness.” ~ Alice Walker. I picture myself as being a little contrary as a child.  I am probably not unique in this, perhaps all children are contrary by nature, until it is ‘socialized’ out of us and we learn to be conformists (to behave).  […]

FMM 9 20 19 Think in Harmony

“How could you have a soccer team if all were goalkeepers? How would it be an orchestra if all were French horns? “ ~ Desmond Tutu.  On our first trip to Jamaica, we were accompanied by a banjo.  By that I mean that, deep in the hold, along with countless bags, boxes and trunks, there […]

FMM 8 9 19 Yardism

“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” ~ Marcus Garvey.  I was a young teenager when Rastafarianism began to come out of the corners and into the light of day.  It was mostly (if I remember correctly) due to Bob Marley, who not only […]

FMM 6 21 19 I’ve looked at Clouds

“The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival.” ~ Aristotle. When I think about it, I had the childhood that an anthropologist would have paid money for. Being plunged into the Jamaican countryside was an immersion experience for this eight-year-old English girl.  In typical Jamaican […]

FMM 4 13 18 What about the Half?

“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds!” ~ Marcus Garvey. My father loved to tell stories.  Whether from pulpit or stage, in front of a crowd or a small group, his melodious voice would weave a tale that never failed to entertain, amuse or teach.  Those of us who lived […]

FMM 6 17 16 One Blood

“Fighting against isms and schisms”~ Robert Nesta Marley. Jamaica is a land of diversity.  Some are not prepared for the range of colors and races that co-exist in that small island.  The country’s motto is: “Out of many, one People”.  The outward appearance may reflect an origin in India, China, Africa, the Middle East, or […]