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The Pan-African Connection Bookstore and Resource Center Celebrates the Birthday of Marcus Garvey and 18 years of Service to the Dallas Community

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Sunday, August 12, 2007

On Saturday August 18, at 5 p.m., the Pan-African Connection Bookstore and Resource Center, located at 612 E. Jefferson Blvd., will celebrate 18 years of service and the birthday of the Honorable Marcus Garvey, leader of the largest mass movement of in the history of African people.

“We thank the people for supporting us and allowing us to do what we love. Using African culture and art to teach young and old the dignity and humanity of Africa and African people, “ says Akwete Tyehimba bookstore co-owner.

We will pay tribute to one of our greatest organizers in our history, Marcus Garvey. Proclaiming a “ Back to Africa”, self-determination, and self-pride message Garvey organized over a million African people in the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), with branches throughout America, Canada, the Caribbean and Africa.

This year’s activities will focus on Garvey’s message of ‘Mass Organization’ and organizing everyone around the issue of ‘Free National Healthcare in America’.

Beginning at 5 p.m., invited guests organizing for ‘Free National Healthcare’ include: Jobs With Justice, Nurses Organizing Committee, Project Healthcare Organization, Union organizers, The All-African People’s Revolutionary Party and a Medical student enrolled in the Latin American Medical School in Cuba.

“Creating ‘Free National Healthcare’ in America is a call to action for everyone,” says Bandele Tyehimba, bookstore owner. “ It is also the beginning of the storm for a new humanity”, he continues.

Beginning at 7p.m., Civil Rights activist and grassroots organizer Mukasa Dada (Willie Ricks) will speak on theme: ‘ Today There is Only One Road to Effective Acton: The Organization of the Masses: Bro. Mukasa won the support of thousands of poor working class African People worldwide when he chanted, “Black Power, Black Power” during a 1966 march across Mississippi, with the late Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael) and other organizers of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

Cultural entertainment will be provided by the, Young Pioneers Institute (YPI), and Singer, Storyteller (Afi) Melody Bell.

All activities are free and open to the public. Children’s activities will be provided during the programs.

For more information contact

Bandele Tyehimba at 214-943-8262.

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