Marcus Garvey: Strong Voice for Black Self-Improvement and Black Nationalism

Marcus Garvey (1887-1940) in some ways represented the generation of African Americans after Frederick Douglass (1817-1895). Garvey was a Jamaican-born political activist, publisher, journalist, entrepreneur, and orator. He was the founder and first President-General of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League, through which he declared himself Provisional President of Africa. Wikipedia.

He was an orator for the Black Nationalism and Pan-Africanism movements, and although at times controversial, he is considered a national hero in Jamaica and inspired the Rastafari movement.

From NPR’s history podcast Throughline comes this profile of the visionary, orator, and champion of Black empowerment and Pan-Africanism, Marcus Garvey.8 minutes. Click.

Universal Negro Improvement Association

Streamed live on August 1, 2020, the virtual forum features — Dr. Julius Garvey (Son of Marcus Mosiah Garvey), Nana Akufo-Addo (President of Ghana), H.E. Hage G. Geingob (President of the Republic of Namibia), H.E. Dr. Sam Nujoma (Founding President of the Republic of Namibia), Mayor Ras Baraka (Newark, New Jersey), Hon. P. J. Patterson (Former Prime Minister of Jamaica), Hon. David Comissiong (Barbados’ Ambassador to CARICOM), Prof. Rupert Lewis (University of the West Indies, Jamaica), Prof. Carolyn Cooper (University of the West Indies, Jamaica), Dr. Shani Roper (University of the West Indies, Jamaica), Steven Golding (President of the UNIA Jamaica), Yvette Modestin (IBW21 & NAARC Member, Founder/Executive Director, Encuentro Diaspora), Dr. Ron Daniels (President of IBW21, Convener of NAARC and PAUD), Paradise Gray (X-CLAN, Founder, The Black Watch Movement) and Don Rojas (Director of Communications & International Relations for IBW21).

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