Dr Julius Garvey Visit
Dr Julius Garvey MD, son of Marcus “Masiah” Garvey, the inspirational figure for civil right activists, is making his first tour of the UK this October as part of Black History Month. The focus of the five day tour is Education, Culture and Young People and Perry Beeches students were lucky enough to meet him on Wednesday 2nd October, as the board- certified surgeon visited Birmingham.
Marcus Garvey, who was declared Jamaica’s First National hero after his death in 1940 was famed for creating the ‘Back to Africa’ movement in the United States, urging African-Americans to be proud of their race and return to Africa, their ancestral homeland. He spoke across America and had thousands of supporters.
Deputy Headgirl Ninah Brown’s review:
“On Wednesday 2nd October, both students and members of staff from Perry Beeches I, II and III stepped away from their daily schedules in order to take part in a small yet entirely significant event. As Birmingham celebrates its 25th year of Black History Month, the Birmingham Empowerment Forum was kind enough to invite representatives of our school to join Dr Julius Garvey – son of the human rights activist, Marcus Garvey- that afternoon at The Drum in Newtown, Birmingham.
Students were given the chance to meet both representatives of the programme, including Dr Julius Garvey himself, commonly known for his inspiring contributions to medicine as a board certified surgeon. Here, they asked many questions about his profession and of the challenges he might have faced throughout the course of his life, which he answered willingly with both sincerity and humour.
Likewise, we were also given the opportunity to meet Eddie Capone, whose talents seemed to focus particularly on music. As he is known for setting up “Black Rock Studio”- a project introduced to train young people musically- and for his hit song “Do it for love”, Capone naturally sparked the interest of many students here at Perry Beeches the Academy.
Overall, the event seemed to appeal to all members of PB, though particularly the Head Girl of Perry Beeches The Academy, Shabnam Ubhi, who remarked that meeting these representatives was, “ an opportunity that you wouldn’t forget; to earn the chance to meet a direct relative of such an iconic role model within the Black History community was extremely inspiring and motivating.”
With the help of Desmond Jaddoo, Director of Birmingham Empowerment Forum, students everywhere (whether from Perry Beeches or anywhere across the Midlands) were able to develop a brighter understanding of just what Black History actually means to us and how it has had a colossal impact on British society today. What better way to do that but by meeting Dr Julius Garvey himself, the son of one of the great people that they study in school!
This was, truly, an afternoon to remember.”