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AMY GARVEY- REMEMBERING A BLACK HEROINE

Amy Ashwood Garvey born in Port Antonio,Jamaica , spent most of her childhood in Panama. She returned to Jamaica as a teen and attended Westwood High School in Trelawney, where she met her future husband, Marcus Garvey , in 1914.


She became Garvey's Chief aide and general secretary of (Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) in 1919. She later formed a woman's branch of the association. 

In October 1919 at the UNIA offices in Harlem, Ashwood risked her life to shield Garvey from the bullets of attempted killer George Tyler. Despite her heroism, the marriage began to deteriorate after that incident. They divorced in 1922.
A nation without great women is a nation frolicking in peril. Let us go forward and lift the degradations which rest on the Negro woman – God’s most glorious gift to all civilizations.
~Amy Ashwood Garvey
In 1924, Amy Garvey worked with many prominent West Africans in founding a Nigerian Progress Union. In the same year, Amy Ashwood Garvey met Ghanaian, J. B. Danquah in London. Mrs. Garvey relayed to Dr. Danquah that her Jamaican grandmother “Granny Dabas”, had told her that she (the grandmother) was from Juaben (Dwaben) in Gold Coast. She told him about how her grandma had been captured and taken to Jamaica as a slave. Dr. Danquah told her that Dwaben was a state in the Asante Nation, confirming her grandmother’s oral history. 

Later in 1939, Mrs. Garvey met an Asante, KWABENA KESE (Cobinna Kessie) a student from Asante in London. He was studying to be a Lawyer. In 1946, Mrs. Garvey traveled with Lawyer Kwabena Kese to the Gold Coast, later renamed Ghana. 


Kwabena Kese took her first, to Dwaben where she met Daasebre Yaw Sapon II Omanhene of Dwaben, and Dwabenhemaa Nana Dwaben Seiwaa. A durbar was held for her, and ancient rites were performed for one who has returned. According to her biographer, her Granny Dabas was actually revealed to have been named BOAHEMAA. Mrs. Garvey adopted the Asante name AKOSUA BOAHEMAA.

From Dwaben, Mrs. Garvey was taken to Kumase, where she was introduced to Otumfuo Osei Agyeman Prempeh II, Asantehene. 

Akosua Boahemaa (Mrs Garvey)  sits with Otumfuo Osei Agyemang Prempeh II
Amy lived in West Africa from 1946 to 1949. Amy Garvey died in 1969.


Credit: Sankofa Asante 
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