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Marcus Garvey: The Life and Legacy of the Jamaican Political Leader Who Championed Pan-Africanism

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After the Civil War, the fight for civil rights spawned a multitude of heroic African American activists, but it is remembered in large part for the work of a few iconic African American men of stature. Much like their later counterparts, Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X, the debate between gradual integration through temporary accommodation and overtly insistent activism was led by Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. Du Bois. Through the last years of the 19th century, Washington’s gentler approach of enhancing black prospects through vocational education, largely accomplished with white permission and funds, seemed the popular choice. His legacy can be sensed in King’s subsequent willingness to extend an olive branch to white Americans in a sense of unity, although Washington’s propensity for accommodation held no place in King’s ministry. 

Ultimately, however, the vision that oversaw the creation of the Tuskegee Institute faded in the early 20th century as black intellectualism and stiffening resolve came to the fore. This side’s greatest proponent, William Edward Burghardt Du Bois, still stands among the greatest and most controversial minds of any black leader in his country. The first African American to receive a doctorate from Harvard University, Du Bois rose to become one of the most important social thinkers of his time in a 70-year career of combined scholarship, teaching, and activism. 

The third and most improbable approach toward American civil rights for black citizens blended the beliefs of Washington and Du Bois, and it was spearheaded by global activist Marcus Aurelius Garvey. The Jamaican began his career as an activist with a devotion to Washington’s path, but he subsequently leaned to the alternative and beyond. Beyond the worldview of both colleagues, Marcus Garvey’s bigger-than-life scheme was to establish a black-owned and managed shipping line to transport much of America’s black population back to Africa. Repatriation of black residents to the African continent had been proposed and debated before, even by Abraham Lincoln, but Garvey’s second and equally prodigious vision proposed that once the African diaspora returned to its homeland, an immense empire would assume rule over the continent, housing black cultures from around the globe. This realization of racial segregation would be a boon to black and white societies, at peace but thriving in distinctly separate cultures and economies from the white world. 

©2018 Charles River Editors (P)2018 Charles River Editors

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  • monique warren
  • 06-12-18

very disappointed with this book

I did not care for the reader. At times he seemed rushed and who ever recorded it had words consecutively repeated. The authors point of view seems out of touch. Don't waste your time or money

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  • Jackie GREEN
  • 01-09-19

NO!

This "story" is missing so many points! This is supposed to be about M.Garvey and his works, his life, and education. This is about what we already know...racism, unfairness, the stupidy shown to black people, and other great black leaders.
Huh.....the narrator sounds as if there were no punctuation used! This sounds like a long ass run-on sentence:(

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  • Mike
  • 06-10-19

Uncertain

I’m uncertain that this was coming from a neutral or unbiased point of view. None-the-less it provides a rudimentary historical glance into the past.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-10-19

A good read, prepare yourself

I like how this book seems showcase both the positives and negatives of his character. I was taught many of his “positive” accomplishments but not the negatives. Some of his character flaws were put on display and I appreciate that. This is a good book and it has enticed me to continue to read more on Mr. Garvey.