Marcus Garvey Jr., the firstborn son of the Jamaican national hero, Marcus Mosiah Garvey, died in Wellington, Florida, on Dec. 8, following a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Garvey Jr., 90, was born in St. Andrew, Jamaica, and lectured across the Caribbean, North America, Europe, and Africa.
An electrical engineer, physicist, and mathematician, Garvey Jr. was best known for following in his father’s footsteps as the president general of the United Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League. The senior Garvey, who died in 1940, was a black nationalist and Pan-Africanist who sought to unify all people of African descent.
Garvey Jr.’s widow, Jean Garvey, said, “The departure of Marcus Jr, whom I had been married to for over 30 years, will leave a void that cannot be filled, and he will be greatly missed by numerous family, friends, and colleagues from all over the world, in many places where he had left indelible footprints.”