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Marcus Mosiah Garvey

The Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey,National Hero of Jamaica (17 August 1887 - 10 June 1940) was a publisher, journalist, entrepreneur, Black Nationalist, Pan-Africanist, and orator. Marcus Garvey was founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL). Prior to the twentieth century, leaders such as Prince Hall, Martin Delany, Edward Wilmot Blyden, and Henry Highland Garnet advocated the involvement of the African diaspora in African affairs. Garvey was unique in advancing a Pan-African philosophy to inspire a global mass movement and economic empowerment focusing on Africa known as Garveyism. Promoted by the UNIA as a movement of African Redemption, Garveyism would eventually inspire others, ranging from the Nation of Islam, to the Rastafari movement (which proclaims Garvey as a prophet). The intention of the movement was for those of African ancestry to "redeem" Africa and for the European colonial powers to leave it. His essential ideas about Africa were stated in an editorial in the Negro World titled "African Fundamentalism" where he wrote: " Our union must know no clime, boundary, or nationality... let us hold together under all climes and in every country..."

Rev. Campbell MacRae Lewistall

Rev.Campbell MacRae Lewistall was the founding Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Fairmount Heights(later know as Sargent Memorial) and Minister of the Gospel of Graveyism. He was born August 8, 1883 in British Guiana, and immigrated to the United States July 12, 1905

John and Melissa Saunders

John And Melissa Saunders was the first Initail Family of the First Presbyterian Church of Fairmont Heights and former Vice President and Lady of President, respectively,of the Washington, DC Division #183 Universal Negro Improvement Association.

Saunders Family

Saunders Family © 1930 at their home.

Betty Lyles

Betty Lyles was the former Lady President of Washington Division #183 of the UNIA-ACL, delegate to the 6th Convention Of Negro Projects of the World in Jamaica(1929) and member of Sargent Memorial Presbyterian Church until her death in 1961.