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The Life of Marcus Garvey
An in-depth examination of the beliefs and achievements of Marcus Mosiah Garvey.
# 116530 | 3,851 words | 12 sources | APA | 2009 | US

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This paper discusses Marcus Garvey's founding of the Universal Negro Improvement Association that was at first conceived as an association dedicated to racial uplift and the organization of educational and industrial opportunities for African Americans. The paper then explains Garvey's belief that the only way for African Americans to effectively assert themselves against white society would be to form one African nation, independent and strong. The paper also explores why Garvey's programs failed and relates that it was due to the time in which he lived and the massive opposition that he faced. Lastly, the paper shows how, despite all the opposition he engendered, Marcus Mosiah Garvey's influence on people around the world is quite evident.

From the Paper:

"Marcus Mosiah Garvey was a prominent figure in the African American community during the early 1900's. He made a great effort to spread the message of Black unity, pride, and progression. Garvey was a strong and opinionated leader, as evidenced by his "Back to Africa" movement - a plan that encouraged people of African descent to return to their homeland rather than try to co-exist with white societies in the United States and Europe. Many people viewed Garvey's beliefs as radical and idealistic; however, Garvey believed that it would require a radical change to really improve his people's condition in the world. He believed that through education, industrialization, and unification, African Americans could finally attain the power and equality they had spent so many years fighting for."

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