As have said before, the quarter of the great works which were carried on by Ras Historian and they who worked with him in the United Vendors Association has never been told. There were various attractions and benefits which attracted vendors to become members of the United Vendors Association. Off coures it was not all vendors who were selling on the streets, who were members of the United Vendors Association, but they also benefit from the works ofthe association, but they who were members were very proud to be members, and if they were discriminated against any one in the private or public sector, they would be quick to display their vendors indentification card, and would be sure to report the matter to the Association, to be taken up at the next monthly meeting, which used to be held at the Coke Methodist Church, which was less than a block from the Headquarters of the Association at Twenty six and a half Mark Lane.
Generally, the matter would be taken up with the offender by Telephone and then a letter would be sent to them inviting them to the next monthly meeting, to see if the matter could by resolved to the best of our abilities. As a result of those approaches, venders who were members of the UVA, were satified that the Association had their interest at heart, and were happy to tell others about the way the Association functioned.
Another thing which made the Association to be well established and well known, was when the Association created and produced and presented their Fashion show and beauty contest, which was called, Miss United Vendors Association, which was held several years at the Hotel which I think is called the Oceano, which is located at the bottom of King Street, by the Sea shores in Kingston Jamaica. These beauty contest and fashion shows, were put on to help to popularise the vendors and their businesses, and to also show the world that black women or Afican women are very beautiful. These productions were very well attended, and there were many people from the private business sector, who attended in order to get a piece of the action.
The vendors were very satified with these activities since they were able to take a break from their very hard work of traveling from time to time, and from their selling from day to day, but on these weekends, they were able to take a break, and they and their families, were able to dress up and have some laughter and enjoy themselves, among their own fellow vendors, in a moment of loving and caring festivities.
So, the United Vendors Association was very helpful to the financial, moral and cultural advancement of African people. And I do think people like Ras Historian and rest of people who were involved in directing the Association, should not be forgotten but should be remembered and be commended, for the great works which they have done for African people everywhere. Take the best care of yourself and your people.
Please note that as great as Ras Historian was, he passed away beoke having no money, so, it would be good, if people who know about his works, could make a contribution to help to dispose of his remains. Those who wish to do so, can call his son Prince, at- 1876-475-5216.
Again I send many oceans of blessings and self determination tom African people everywhere.
ONE BLACK HEART ONE BLACK LOVE.
Baba Ras Marcus.
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