The Marcus Mosiah Garvey Foundation has unveiled its activities to mark the march talked about ‘Year of Return 2019’.
The Foundation, as part of the celebration, will host its members and the diaspora to a homecoming dinner dance on August 17 2019, as part of the event.
The Foundation also outlined its plan to construct an ultra-modern Centre of Excellence of Marcus Mosiah Garvey in the Central Region.
The 20-million-dollar project is envisioned to be a globally relevant edifice for the preservation of Garvey’s principles, philosophies and advancement of Afrocentricity and African achievements.
Proceeds from the Annual Homecoming Dinner Dance is expected to be used to finance the project.
Mr Akwasi Agyeman, CEO, Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA), said it is important for the country to commit itself with the ideals of Marcus Garvey Junior in relation to education and the development of the African race.
Mr Agyeman explained that the events, marking the ‘Year of Return’ includes the celebration of heroes like Marcus Garvey and others who have made impacts on the continent.
“Through the celebration of our past heroes, the young generation would be abreast with the ideals of those who fought for the continent,” he said.
Professor Kwaku Senah, formerly of the University of West Indies, said it is important for all to embark on a reconnection with diaspora sisters and brothers who found themselves on slave ships over 300 years ago.
He described the Trans African Slave Trade as a “special” one because it introduces a form of servitude in line with the black race.
Prof Senah said it is important that as a people, “we develop Pan-Africanism instead of concentrating on ethnicity” and dialogue with one another to propel the growth of the black race.
Professor Kodjo Sampong, Catholic University of the Dominican Republic, called for the observance of a “Collective Remembrance of the Painful Past.”
Mr Neville Buchawan, Secretary of MMG Foundation, said the philosophy of the Memorial Centre, would be to strive for excellence through challenging and stimulating the creative minds of African people.
“We must awaken the African genius who would be master of Mathematics, Architecture and Astronomy,” he said.