Rastafari Zimbabwe Trust, in partnership with Pamberi Trust, held a free film screening on the life of Marcus Garvey as part of celebrations to mark Black History Month at the Mannenberg last week.
The free film screening is part of a month long programme of shows and performances to commemorate Black History Month.
Activities to commemorate this event have been held every week since the beginning of the month and have ranged from film screenings, music, fashion shows, poetry and photo exhibitions.
“We are moving away from past commemorations that focused too much on the negative. We are looking at the positive achievements and developments that black people have made over the centuries,” said Benjamin “Sekuru Tozi” Kazuru of Rastafari Zimbabwe.
The Marcus Garvey documentary titled “Look for me in the Whirlwind” gave people an insight into the life, rise and demise of the founding father of Pan Africanism.
“Such films are there to impart and instill that pride in ourselves not only as Africans but Zimbabweans as well,” said Kazuru.
Garvey was determined to unify black people all around the world and wanted them to fight for a common cause. This is the message the documentary tries to impart to the audience.
Another aspect brought out in the documentary is that of empowerment,.most people will remember Garvey for single-handedly launching the largest African American mass movement in the 20th century.
A discussion programme was held after the film screening to give the audience a chance to share and exchange views.
The commemoration is the second of its kind in Zimbabwe having started off last year.
“A lot of events are lined up not only for the month but for the rest of the year as well, as we are looking at educating the people and in the same vein spread enlightenment.”
This is a noble idea as it removes stereotypes and perceptions which most people hold when it comes to the black race”, said the Rasz spokesperson.
The Black History month itself is a remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African Diaspora and was established in 1926.Â
Although there is an international aspect to Black History month, it is mainly an American holiday.
In 1926, Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson and other African American and white schoolars, launched “Negro History Week” so that Americans could reflect on the history and contributions of African Americans.
In the 1970s, the celebration of African American history was expanded to include the entire month of February.