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Dr. Julius W. Garvey

Dr. Julius W. Garvey, born in 1933 in London, England, is the youngest son of Marcus Garvey, the renowned Pan-Africanist leader and founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA). Following his father’s death in 1940, Julius was raised primarily by his mother, Amy Jacques Garvey.

Pursuing a path different from his father’s political activism, Julius chose a career in medicine. He completed his undergraduate studies at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where he also earned his medical degree. Dr. Garvey specialized in cardiothoracic and vascular surgery, establishing a successful medical career spanning several decades.

Throughout his professional life, Dr. Garvey has been affiliated with various hospitals in New York, including Long Island Jewish Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital. His expertise in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery has earned him respect in the medical community.

Dr. Julius W. Garvey MD, O.J, Founder and President, Marcus Garvey Institute for Human Development speaks during a plenary session at the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) Annual Meeting on June 19, 2023 at the Accra International Conference Center in Accra, Ghana. The event marks the high point of the bank’s year-long 30th-anniversary celebrations, under the theme “Delivering the Vision. Building Prosperity for Africans”. Accra, Ghana
Dr. Julius W. Garvey MD, O.J, Founder and President, Marcus Garvey Institute for Human Development speaks during a plenary session at the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) Annual Meeting on June 19, 2023, at the Accra International Conference Center in Accra, Ghana. The event marks the high point of the bank’s year-long 30th-anniversary celebrations, under the theme “Delivering the Vision. Building Prosperity for Africans”.

While dedicated to his medical practice, Dr. Garvey has also been committed to preserving and promoting his father’s legacy. He has given numerous lectures and interviews about Marcus Garvey’s philosophies, emphasizing their continued relevance in contemporary discussions of racial equality and Pan-Africanism. A significant part of Dr. Garvey’s efforts has been directed towards clearing his father’s name. Marcus Garvey was convicted of mail fraud in 1923, a conviction widely believed to be politically motivated. Julius has been at the forefront of campaigns seeking a posthumous pardon for his father, engaging with various U.S. administrations to achieve this goal.

Dr. Garvey has also been active in Pan-African circles, participating in conferences and events related to African and African-American issues. He has contributed to books about his father and written forewords for new editions of Marcus Garvey’s works, helping to introduce his father’s ideas to new generations.
Balancing his medical career with his role as a custodian of his father’s legacy, Dr. Julius Garvey embodies a unique blend of scientific expertise and cultural advocacy. His life’s work not only honors his father’s memory but also contributes to ongoing dialogues about racial justice and African heritage in the modern world.

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