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Tottenham library honours Marcus Garvey

HONOURED: The Marcus Garvey tribute with Jamaican High Commissioner Aloun Ndombet-Assamba, right

BLACK RIGHTS campaigner Marcus Garvey has been be remembered with a plaque and portrait to honour his life at a north London library.

The Tottenham library in Philip Lane unveiled the memorial tribute last weekend on Saturday.

Jamaican High Commissioner Aloun Ndombet-Assamba attended the event dedicated to Garvey, who was declared Jamaica’s first national hero in 1964 following independence from Britain.

He was born on Caribbean island in 1887 and died in London in 1940 – he studied in New York and called on African-Americans to learn more about their heritage, and was a pioneer of the black history concept.

Haringey councillor Richard Watson, cabinet member for communities, expressed his delight that Tottenham was honouring Garvey.

He said: “Tottenham can be proud that its library is associated with such a principled campaigner for equality.

“This impressive portrait and plaque, along with the huge resource of his books and speeches available in the library, will make sure today’s generation understands Marcus Garvey’s legacy.”

In addition to the plaque and portrait, created by local artist Everall Hall, the library has been holding talks and film screenings about the historic figure’s life, which will culminate in October to coincide with Black History Month.

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