That's what happen at the commencement of the Garvey UK Black History Month Tour following the reception with the Jamaican High Commissioner.
Over the coming days I will be writing about our journey from London to Birmingham then onto Manchester and Nottingham and the return to London for the finale.
When I was asked to take part in this tour, I thought basically it was a wind up. He of little faith you may say.
It was an honour to take part in this historic moment especially when I saw the smiles and excitement of school Children in Birmingham from Perry Beeches School and also Trinity High School in Manchester. The emotions of the elders at The ACMC in Birmingham and The Marcus Garvey Centre in Nottingham when they were presented to Dr Julius Garvey the son of Marcus Garvey.
The warm reception and sheer excitement of University Officials in Birmingham, Manchester and Nottingham in having Dr Garvey at their educational establishment as not only as the son the Marcus Garvey, but, in his own capacity as one of the top Cardio-vascular Surgeons in the world.
The Lord Mayor's of Birmingham, Manchester and Nottingham with their warmth and genuine welcome to their City's.
I noted The Lord Mayor of Birmingham Mike Leddy's appreciation as one that had studied the works of Marcus Garvey.
Indeed Merlyta Bryan The Lord Mayor of Nottingham who is a Jamaican, saw his visit as the highlight of her time in office to date.
The Local and National Media both Community and Mainstream wanting to get a few minutes with Dr. Garvey.
You the public engaging and indeed being inspired by the journey.
This is what Black History month is about understanding the achievements of the past and building upon them with the Community moving forward and not dwelling in the past.
The main message is that we must free ourselves from mental slavery and plan, care,love and work together in order to move forward as a community in order to take our rightful place in society. The only obstacles are us.
Watch out for the Journey's Diary and our city to city reaction.