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THE HONORABLE MARCUS MOSIAH GARVEY stands out in history as one who was greatly committed to the concept of the Emancipation of minds. He sought the unification of all Blacks through the establishment of the United Negro Improvement Association and spoke out against economic exploitation and cultural denigration.

Jamaica’s first national hero was born in Saint Ann’s Bay on August 17, 1887. In his youth Garvey migrated to Kingston where he worked as a printer and later published a small paper called the "The Watchman."

In 1914 Mr. Garvey started the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) in Jamaica. The UNIA, which grew into an international organisation, encouraged self government for Black people worldwide; self-help economic projects; protest against racial discrimination and cultural activities.

In 1916, Mr. Garvey went to the USA where he preached his doctrine of freedom to the oppressed blacks throughout the country. He spent many years in the United States pursuing his goal of Black Unity.




"If we can only get to know ourselves, to know that in us is a Sovereign Power, an authority that is absolute, then in the next twenty-four hours we would have a new race, we would have a Nation, an Empire, resurrected, not from the will of others to see us rise, but from our own determination to rise, irrespective of what the world
thinks
...The Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey

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  • African American
  • Feb 19, 2001
  • English

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