Annual Garveyfest honors the life and work of Dr. Ahmed “Baba” Mbalia

August 23, 2018

Photo by Yvonne Kemp

On Saturday, August 18, 2018, Africans on the Move presented the 29th Annual Garveyfest at Parklawn YMCA, 4340 N. 46th Street. Garveyfest is the celebration of Marcus Garvey, a Jamaican-born black nationalist and leader of the Pan-Africanism movement, which sought to unify and connect people of African descent worldwide.

This year’s event was very special as it celebrated the contributions of Milwaukee’s own, the late Dr. Ahmed “Baba” Mbalia who had organized the event for the past twenty-seven years.

This year’s event featured a children’s corner, live performances, food, vendors, a workout area and guest speakers; and on Sunday, August 19, 2018 there was a walk, run and ride on the Hank Aaron trail. Pictured at the event are the late Dr. Mbalia’s wife, Doreatha Mbalia (right) and her family.