Today, July 13th, Ephraim Martin is observing his birthday with his wishes for a City Holiday, a main Street, and a major Monument for the Black man who founded Chicago, Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable, a Caribbean man from the country of Haiti.

Martin is inviting all his social media friends and others to support and sign the petition now in place for the DuSable campaign.


To support today, please, click this GoFundMe link, and to sign the petition click here


SO MANY OF YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THE BIRTHDAY MAN:   On July 13th, 1956, in the little town of Soho/Seaforth, St. Thomas, Jamaica, Ephraim Martin was delivered to this earth. By the mid-1970s, he became a popular photojournalist with the world's oldest newspaper, the Daily Gleaner, and sister newspaper the Daily Star.


He became well-known for his several special weekly feature columns. During his time at the newspapers, he covered world-leaders such as Queen Elizabeth, President Fidel Castro and other global leaders in politics, entertainment, and sports before landing in Chicago in the early 1980s, still working for the overseas Gleaner/Star and the local Chicago Daily Defender.


Since 1982, he used reggae and world beat music as art forms and a vehicle of expression of the voiceless peoples of the world, for an end to apartheid, the freedom of Nelson Mandela, for freedom and democracy in the world, and to fight to end systemic racism.


The former photojournalist and now reggae/world music special events organizer/activist, Ephraim Martin - President of Martin’s International Foundation, has been working at the forefront of the movement for more than 38 years to bring forth meaningful and equitable change to the African Diaspora and other communities; under the banner of "Bringing Nations Together Through Music and Culture". Visit for more info.


In  2016 at the conclusion of his 35th annual IRAWMA and his 100th Annual  Entertainment Event, Ephraim Martin created history and set a record as the only known person alive to have consecutively produced more than 100 Annual Entertainment(Awards/Festivals) Events. For this his 64th birthday/earthday, all he wants from his Facebook, social media and other fans, friends and associates is to support the GoFundme and sign the petition campaign to give Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable, the Black founding Father of Chicago, who was born in Haiti in the Caribbean, his proper honor.


Ephraim is happily married to  Justice Shelvin L. M. Hall, Justice of the Illinois Appellate Court, and is the father to Author and Motivational Speaker Dana Martin.

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