Celebration, Parade, Festivities and Contest in Austin Community

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On Saturday, June 10, 2017, Chicago members of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and the African Communities League (UNIA) will present the Commemoration/Celebration for the Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey (b. August 17, 1887, d. June 10, 1940) from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Revelation International Outreach Ministry at 127 North Leamington. Marcus Garvey is one of the unsung heroes that impacted three generations of Africans and people of African descent. With millions of UNIA members he built: a chain of grocery stores, restaurants, clothing factories, Black baby dolls, RBG, Black Cross Nurses, youth departments, and the Black Star Line Shipping Company.

The public is invited to join the MARCUS GARVEY PARADE, which lines up at 10:00 a.m. at Leamington and Washington to decorate the cars, and bikes. This one mile parade goes north on Laramie to Fulton, west to Lavergne, south to Washington, and then back to Leamington. This is the first time the organizers have held this annual Commemoration/ Celebration in the Austin Community. Participants who have a banner or drums are asked to bring them, as well as a red, black and green flag.

The Austin Community and all of Chicago has a standing invitation to join in this FREE African American Celebration. Other FREE activities include an oratory contest for youth 17 years old and under. Contact Shaka Barak at 312-391-8383 for more information. Food and other vendors will be available.

If you have questions, and would like to participate as a vendor, entertainer, marcher, contact Shaka Barak 312-391-8383 shakabarak1@yahoo.com, or Clyde Banks at 630-842-8918 clyde.banks.1@gmail.com, or Maruwa Ferrell 773-476-7110 mawy@sbcglobal.net.

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