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Marcus Mosiah Garvey

  • Birth 17 Aug 1887 Saint Ann's Bay, Saint Ann, Jamaica
  • Death 10 Jun 1940 London, City of London, Greater London, England
  • Burial Kingston, Kingston, Jamaica
  • Plot Marcus Garvey Shrine
  • Memorial ID 7151131

Philosopher, poet, international crusader for black nationalism, founder/head of the Universial Negro Improvement Association and the first black leader in American history to organize masses of people in a political movement. In 1918 Garvey started The Negro World, the weekly newspaper of the U.N.I.A. which was published in French and Spanish as well as English. In it African history and heroes were glorified. By 1920, the organization boasted over 1,100 branches in more than 40 countries throughout the U.S., the Caribbean, Latin America and Africa. Garvey claimed over a million people had joined his organization in 3 years. In nine years he had built the largest mass movement of people of African descent in American history. It all begin to fail after Garvey was convicted of mail fraud and deported from the U.S. after his realease from prision in Nov. of 1927. The Black Star Line failed because of reported mismanagement and lack of sufficient funds. Garvey went back to his homeland of Jamaica where there and in London where he later moved continued his work until his death in June of 1940. He was originally buried in Kendal Green Cemetery in London and in 1964 his remains were later moved to National Heroes Park in Kingston, Jamaica. The U.N.I.A. still survives today and so does Marcus Garvey's legacy of racial pride and identification with the glorious African heritage of Black people.

Bio by: Curtis Jackson

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  • Originally Created by: Curtis Jackson
  • Added: 5 Feb 2003
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