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Marcus Garvey In Harlem

Source: Michael Ocha Archives / Getty


“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” – Marcus Garvey


Today, August 17th, is the birthday of an important figure in black history, Mr. Marcus Garvey. Born in Jamaica, Marcus Garvey was an orator for the Black Nationalism and Pan-Africanism movements, to which end he founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League. Garvey advanced a Pan-African philosophy which inspired a global mass movement, known as Garveyism. Garveyism would eventually inspire others, from the Nation of Islam to the Rastafari movement. Read more here