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One God, One Aim and One Destiny
Of the many hats that Michael R. Duncan wears - husband, father, business owner, PTA volunteer, community
leader and soccer club president - the one that means the most to him is that of being the 10th successor to the
Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey. As such, President General Michael R. Duncan resolutely vows that all he has he will give to African People.
Under his guidance, the UNIA is on its way back to its prominence as Black People are counting on the UNIA to lead as it did under the auspices of Mr. Garvey. The President General [PG] is the owner of the Jamaica Breeze Restaurant, where upon he uses its profit to fund the UNIA Division 432 [Marcus Garvey / Carlos Cooks] in Queens, NY and Harlem, NY. In addition, the COMMUNITY FOCUS Radio Show, which is broadcast every Monday and Tuesday on WVIP 93.5 FM from 8PM to 9 PM is sponsored by Jamaica Breeze Restaurant.
PG attended Baruch College of CUNY, graduating with a Bachelor's in Accounting. Soon after he revitalized the Rosedale Soccer Club. PG got involved to help the youth build character through sports especially a team sport such as soccer. PG is certain that if we act as a team, then we can better our neighborhoods, respect each other, and improve our lot in life, all of which comes from the teachings of Mr. Garvey, otherwise called Race First.
PG is happily married to his wife Sophia, and they have four children. During the last twenty years, PG volunteered in the Public School system having been elected PTA President many times, whereupon he always brought the teachings of Mr. Garvey with him. PG is astounded that we are the only people that involve ourselves in a system that seeks to dehumanize us yet we don't get involved. PG seeks to remedy that as he has called upon Black Men to stand up and provide and protect their African family.
As a final point, the Jamaica Breeze Restaurant is part of the Federation of African, Caribbean and American [FACA] Restaurant Owners Corp [ROC] which is an investment business plan organized identical to the Negro Factories Corporation and Black Star Line Corporation. This is about Race First as the ROC is crafted to create wealth for our benefit. The concept is simple. The ROC is to pool the Black restaurant members to buy in bulk, thereby reducing their individual costs. In effect, the middle man - which are aliens - will be eliminated. To raise the capital so as to buy in bulk and lease the warehouses, the ROC has issued stock just as Mr. Garvey did in 1919 and 1920. In fact, the cost of each share is the same that Mr. Garvey charged in 1920, adjusting for the cost of living adjustment. One God. One Aim. One Destiny. Race First.
1st Assistant President General
Mr. Kamose Muhammad, First Assistant President General of the UNIA-ACL, affectionately known as Brother Muhammad, was born into the world to break the chains of mental and economic slavery that impale People of African descent to this very day. Brother Muhammad has been a community organizer, community activist, and businessman for over twenty six years working with young people, community organizations, business associations, and African People at large from varied and multifaceted perspectives. As an organizer, Brother Muhammad was the President of the Liberty Garrison Business Association in Baltimore where he increased the political and economic prospects of Black business owners, founded and organized the Committee for the Development of the National Ministry of Trade and Commerce of the Nation of Islam, organizing more than twenty six Mosque and study groups for economic work, founder of the first Black Chamber of Commerce in Baltimore MD and worked on the streets of Baltimore teaching and training young men about a better way of life than the drug game.
Brother Muhammad brings his love of Black People and his diverse skill sets to the UNIA-ACL wherein serving as First Assistant President General in the role of Chief Operating Officer he assists the President General in the needed and necessary formulation and implementation of organizational structure, policy development, and frame works; so that the words of the Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey shall one day become a full reality when he said, “ We of the Black Race are moving from one state of organization to another, and we shall so continue until we have thoroughly lifted ourselves into the organization of Government.”
The owner of many business firms, Brother Muhammad, currently serves as the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Freedom Paper Company, the first Black owned manufacturer of bathroom tissue and paper products possibly in modern times. Brother Muhammad constantly and continuously preachers the gospel of “Do for Self”, “One God, One Aim, One Destiny”, “Accept Your Own and Be Yourself”, and “Race First!” as he often speaks on radio, at events, and on panels discussions about the ongoing need for the progression and unification of African People.
Brother Muhammad lives to see People of African descent truly free and knows that his work is not in vain but rather a continuation of the labor of love and a building upon the legacy and success of our great African Ancestors.
2nd Assistant President General
3rd President General
4th President General
The Office of Secretary General is constitutionally bound to serve the UNIA-ACL under the direction of the President General and Administrator to the UNIA-ACL. Specifically, it is our job to keep the records of the UNIA-ACL. It is also important to remember that the UNIA-ACL functions as a confraternity and as an organization. However, it is most important to recognize the fact that it was founded as a government for all African people worldwide.
We humbly accept the challenge of this awesome responsibility. We must always remember on whose shoulders we stand: Amy Jacques Garvey, Ethel Collins, Alma Golden, Jean Harvey Slappy, and Estelle James to name a few! We offer with supreme love, passion and commitment, our services. One God! One Aim! One Destiny!
Sis Mary Bota, Secretary General
Garvey Nkrumah Memorial Progressive Division 429
Hosted 1994 Convention, Co-sponsored Education Workshop
Co-founder of Gitchee Coombey with Spouse Bro Naira Bota in 1991 (now an ancestor)
Founded Annual Women’s Day Program
Hosted with Division President High Executive Council (HEC) 2007 and HEC 2010
Public Relations Committee Marcus Garvey Centennial - 1987
Appointed First Assistant Secretary General under Hon. Marcus Garvey, Jr.
Appointed Secretary General by Hon. Redman Battle, 8th President General UNIA-ACL
Re-appointed Secretary General by Hon. Senghor Baye, 10th President General UNIA-ACL in 2008 and 2012
Served as Secretary in Convention at many conventions
Reappointed Secretary General by Hon. Michael R. Duncan, 11th President General UNIA-ACL
Prepares and distributes full minutes for HEC and Convention.
Served as Secretary in Constitution Committee and chair of Constitution Committee 1999-2005
Re-instituted HEC one day closed session for High Executive Council Officials only
Trained divisions in Jamaica and Belize under the Battle administration
Visited Belize on behalf of the Parent Body led by Bro Faruq Muhammad (now an ancestor)
Authored Division Handbook in 2006
Updated it with Sis Njeri Toure January 2017
Printed 2005 copy of Constitution approved at HEC 2005 – not ratified
Pledged and paid $500 on restoration project
Received two awards
Assistant Secretary General
Sis Brenda Amoakon
ssistant Secretary General
Program Committee Convention 2015
Assistant to Financial Secretary Sis Margaret Ferrell
Assisted in writing and publishing Women in the UNIA
Appointed in 2017 by Hon Michael R. Duncan
Records and reads Parent Body minutes, distributes them by email and fax
Established the list of divisions locally and internationally for the President General and Parent Body with the assistance of the Secretary General
Manages the budget for the office of Secretary General
Assistant Secretary General
Born and raised in Ayiti (Haiti) and educated in the U.S., High Chancellor Raymond Dugué has always believed in One God, One Aim, and One Destiny. So much that, all he aspires is the reclamation of the greatness of his Noble Race. Brother Dugué attended the City College (CCNY) School of Engineering in Harlem graduating with a Bachelor's of Engineering in Chemical Engineering in 1984. Afterwards, he completed a second degree in Mathematics, following in the footsteps of his African ancestors, the race of men and women who enlightened and educated the world not only in mathematics, science, and the arts, but in civility, bravery and spirituality. As Black People were the first architects, artists, engineers, mathematicians, physicians, pyramid builders and scientists, Brother Dugué is but a modest and humble servant of African people. As such, Brother Dugué always greets his African brothers and sisters with his familiar words, "I am at your service.". Brother Dugué's role as the High Chancellor of the UNIA Parent Body is custodian of the funds of the UNIA. In addition, he is the President of Division 431 [A L Crawford / Alma Golden] in Brooklyn, NY meeting every 1st Sunday of the month. Prior to that, he was the President of Division 432 in Queens, NY. Brother Dugué is the co-host of the Community Focus Radio Show heard every Monday and Tuesday from 8PM to 9 PM on WVIP 93.5 FM IRIEJAM Radio where the ideals of the UNIA are put forward as that is the only blackprint that has ever succeeded for African People. The host is the President General of the UNIA, the Honorable Michael R. Duncan.
Brother Dugué has been married for 28 years and he and his wife - Dr. Marjorie Dugué - have four children: Rodney, Kemet, Khafre, and NZinga.
And finally, in addition to being a committed follower of the Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Brother Dugué considers himself to be an offspring of The Great General Jean Jacques Dessalines and President Jean Bertrand Aristide, two African warriors who espoused Race First and Self-Reliance.
Minister of Arts and Culture
Minister of Information
Baba Mosi Matsimela
74 years old in 2018.
Education: BA Queens College City University of New York 1974.
MA Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY 1980.
Former Owner/Bookseller of Arawak Books & Music store in Prince Georges County, MD.
Joined the UNIA-ACL Woodson Banneker Jackson-Bey Division #330 in 1990.
Vice President UNIA-ACL Woodson Banneker Jackson-Bey Division #330 2008 through 2013.
President UNIA-ACL Woodson Banneker Jackson-Bey Division #330 2013 to date
Appointed Minister of Information Parent Body UNIA-ACL 2017.
Minister of and Culture
Sister Delali Haligah is African warrior. She has the distinct honor of being the Minister of Art and Culture for the Government of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League. With an overwhelming love for her Race, she sets herself to the task of igniting the Spirit of Garveyism in all Africans through cultivating a love of Traditional African Culture and values.
Sister Delali Haligah is an Artist Activist. She is an Actor, Singer, Dancer, Fashion Designer, Author, Educator and Mother. She has appeared on Broadway, on television and in film, and has toured internationally, with shows. She is always diligently working to instill pride in African People and, consistently endeavors to uplift, through her Cultural presentations. She utilizes as her guiding star, the wisdom of the UNIA-ACL slogan- ‘Africa for the Africans, those at Home and those abroad!’
Sister Delali Haligah has lived and worked in Ghana, Togo, Nigeria, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Kemet and europe. She is confident in the fact that, the only true way to reclaim our African greatness and unify our People, is through the teachings of the Rt. Ex. Marcus Garvey and the UNIA-ACL. Mr. Garvey says “ A People without knowledge of their past history, origin and Culture, is like a tree without roots.”