Greetings Mi Irieites,
Today, 28th August 2014 is the 1st anniversary of the 50th anniversary “March On Washington,” initially orchestrated by Dr Martin Luther King. I was proud to make my exodus to be present at the occasion.
But what is equally as significant is that today is also the anniversary of the killing of Emmett Till (25th July 1941-28th Aug 1955), which took place almost 60 years ago.
Emmett, who was barely age 14 coming from Chicago, spent only a week in Money, Mississippi when he was murdered by a group of extremists that owned a local grocery store. His alleged crime was that he “whistled at a white woman,” who was one of the store owners.
Although several lynching and brutal murders took place over the years prior to this incident, it was the barbaric torture and ultimate shooting of this youngster that had us all from the Diaspora, looking in the direction of seeking Justice for any unjustifiable slayings of black youths, especially when perpetuated on “racist grounds.”
We are living in times where history has no reason to be repeating itself.
In the meantime, we lift our “crowns and hats” to George Jackson, whose anniversary killing was exactly a week ago (21st August 1971).
It’s “Love And Justice thru Music.”
by David Hinds
acrylic on canvas
16″ X 20″
Yes Mi Irieites,
It was exactly a year ago I made my first visit to the headquarters and home (53 Talgarth Rd), of the Right Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey. Today on the 127th anniversary of his birth, I extended my tribute by paying a visit to the house where he was actually born, in St Ann’s Bay, Jamaica.
This pilgrimage was enlightening. I am still amazed that it was from here in JA where this man, who is now such a powerful icon, started his journey from humble beginnings, and then went on to shake up and wake up the Diaspora. So much similarities to John the Baptist. But unlike John, he was allowed to keep his head.
So as we Rally Round the Red, Gold, Black and Green, let us think of all the soldiers along the way that have created a path for us to continue to walk with our heads high through the gates of freedom.
On August 9, 1995 Jerome John “Jerry” Garcia passed on. Garcia performed with the Grateful Dead for their entire thirty-year career (1965–1995) as the lead guitarist, singer and songwriter. His creativity and vision led the band to its long and enduring success with fans across the world. Steel Pulse salutes his spirit. In respect, here is the Grateful Dead performing Franklin’s Tower:
On this day in 1962, Jamaica brought down the Union Jack, and became an independent country. From the Arawak to the Taino, through the Spanish and British colonizations, our history makes us sensitive to the quest for justice – not just for the oppressed on the Rock, but all people who are kept down across the world.
Steel Pulse stands with the spirit of Jamaica. Yes, Jamaicans can be proud of our contribution to the arts, culture, music, and sports. But there is much left to do. The answer has always been the people, and we long for a true democracy – one that includes all of us under the black, green and gold.