Jean LOWRIE-CHIN Monday, August 17, 2015
AS we look to Beijing to the upcoming World Championships, I remember August 17, 2008, when my husband, Hubie, and I were there for the Olympics. I remember saying on our way to the Bird's Nest, "We have to get a gold for Marcus Garvey's birthday." I was being a bit ambitious, as we had already earned two gold medals and there were rumours that young Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce was not at her fittest. This was her big day; her first Olympic 100-metre final, along with teammates Sherone Simpson and Kerron Stewart.
|The triumphant 100-m girls in Beijing 2008.|
We were on our feet even before the starter's gun. And, as they stormed to the finish, with our 'Pocket Rocket' in the lead, we shouted, "one-two-three!" But a Russian looked at the board and shouted back: "No, Jamaica! It is one-two-two!" Later, as we stood teary-eyed for Jamaica's National Anthem, only Jamaican flags made their way up the poles.
And so, I returned to our hotel to blog on this historic event, and to write a birthday tribute to our hero. I went to the Marcus Garvey website www.marcusgarvey.com, and there in the masthead was a medal on a ribbon, and the words, "Look for me in the whirlwind." In awe, I wrote, "I want to believe that our gold and silver medals are special birthday gifts to this great Jamaican."
Garvey says, "Keep cool"
On the same website is this poem by Garvey; timely advice for politicians on both sides who seem to be losing their cool:
Let no trouble worry you;
Keep cool, keep cool!
Don't get hot like some folk do,
Keep cool, keep cool!
What's the use of prancing high
While the world goes smiling by.
You can win if you would try,
|Ken Jones’ compilation Marcus Garvey said... Up You |
Mighty Race! You Can Accomplish What You Will
Keep cool, keep cool.
And so, let us remember this great philosopher of the twentieth century, who influenced so many other legends, including Dr Martin Luther King Jr. It was the wise Ken Jones -- who left us last month -- who distilled some of Garvey's finest quotes in the book, Marcus Garvey said... Up You Mighty Race! You Can Accomplish What You Will, and recorded his call to leaders to give their people "a sense of dignity and destiny". more