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Thursday, 30 October 2008 09:54

Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr.

Born: 17 August 1887, Portmore, Jamaica

Died: 10 June 1940, London

Age: 52

Cause of death: Stroke.

Notable because: Garvey changed the way Jamaicans saw themselves, including introducing them inadvertently to Rastafari. Considered by many Jamaicans as a reincarnation of St John the Prophet.


Marcus Garvey was a publisher, journalist, entrepreneur, Black nationalist, orator, and founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL).

Prior to the twentieth century, leaders such as Prince Hall, Martin Delany, Edward Wilmot Blyden, and Henry Highland Garnet advocated the involvement of the African diaspora in African affairs. Garvey was unique in advancing a Pan-African philosophy to inspire a global mass movement focusing on Africa known as Garveyism. Promoted by the UNIA as a movement of African Redemption, Garveyism would eventually inspire others, ranging from the Nation of Islam, to the Rastafari movement (which proclaims Garvey as a prophet). The intention of the movement was for those of African ancestry to "redeem" Africa and for the European colonial powers to leave it. The idea that African Americans should return to Africa was known as the Colonist Movement. His essential ideas about Africa were stated in an editorial in the Negro World entitled “African Fundamentalism” where he wrote:

 'Our union must know no clime, boundary, or nationality… let us hold together under all climes and in every country'




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