One of the Father's of the Black Nationalist Movement, The Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey was born on august 17th 1887 in St. ann's bay, Jamaica. After being involved in Black Nationalist activities at home in Jamaica, Garvey traveled and studied in Central America & London before ultimately ending up in America in 1916 at 29 Years Old. A year earlier he had founded The Universal Negro Improvement association, loosely modeled after the teachings of Booker T. Washington. The goal was to uplift Black People around the world mentally, Physically, Spiritually, Politically, Economically, socially & Beyond. By 1920, The UNIA would boast of having more than 1000 local offices across the globe & would be considered to be by far the largest organized movement of Black People. The centerpiece of the movement was The Black Star Line, a growing fleet of ships designed to foster trade/economic development for the Global Nation of Blacks All Over The World, and to facilitate Repatriation Back To Africa. In a pattern to be seen over & over again in american History, this challenge to the paradigm & philosophy of white supremacy put targets on the back of Garvey & the leadership of the UNIA. Alleged improprieties & errors of inexperience were manipulated to create a criminal indictment, and in 1922 Marcus Garvey was charged with Mail Fraud. Garvey was immediately deported back to Jamaica upon his release from prison, and the movement never recovered from this setback. The Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey would die in London, England on June 10th 1940. Garvey's work was one of two direct precursors to The nation of Islam, and a model for so many others-especially The Black Panther Party. Not included among the quotes you will see below, but probably his most famous, "Black Is Beautiful!" #Salute
Earlier this week marks the 51 Year Anniversary of the founding of The Organization Of Afro-American Unity by our Beloved & Departed Brother Malcolm X (aka El Hajj Malik El Shabazz). From my perspective it is the very founding of this organization, or at least the goals & intentions of this organization, that signaled the surety that Brother Malcolm would have to be assassinated by The U.S. Government. Modeled after The Organization Of African Unity, The OAAU was set up to form a bond between many of the newly-independent African nations with The Diaspora of Black People in America & across the globe against our common oppressors. The OAAU was formed on June 28th 1964, and built its charter with help from great minds such as John Henrik Clarke, Albert Cleage & More. Within days of its formation it would be deemed as a Threat To National Security by FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover (per a July 2nd 1964 memo). Built to be a coalition of more than 50 nations, one can only marvel at what could have come about from this union. Sadly however Our Brother would be assassinated before a proper foundation, that would make a way for The OAAU to be able to live on beyond the life of its founder, could be formed. Today we honor the memory of Our Brother, and everything that he sought to achieve for US, in hope that we may continue to learn & strive to achieve the goal of Justice, Simple Human Dignities, and Control of Our Social & Political Interests.