Liberty Halls were the venue for the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) general meetings during 1920s, and hosted spectacular cultural and intellectual programs for their members. The Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) is a Pan-African movement founded in Jamaica in 1914 by Marcus Garvey. Marcus Garvey was an orator for the Black Nationalism and Pan-Africanism movements, to which end he founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association. He inspired a global mass movement, known as Garveyism.
The Belize City branch of the United Negro Improvement Association had been opened in 1920 in the wake of the riot of 1919 which had protested the treatment of the British Honduras servicemen during the First World War. The UNIA Liberty Hall building in Belize City is on #86 the Barrack Road, and currently is under restoration through the efforts of some local groups and concerned citizens who have come together to raise funds to repair the Liberty Hall building and to revitalize its history and its legacy.
Mr.Bredda David Obi, president of the Belize branch of the UNIA