For many others, Marcus Garvey qualifies as the greatest Black man of the past hundred years.
Of course, there are many, many others. There is Kwame Nkrumah and Haile Selassie I and Patrice Lumumba and Nelson Mandela from Africa.
Also, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, the great hero of the Dalits of India, ranks high as well. But for most, Marcus Garvey is tops.
In fact, Marcus Mosiah Garvey personifies the excellence of African people. As a mass leader, propagandist, organizer and activist, Garvey had no peer.
He ranks with the greatest of the great. His motto, “Up! You mighty race. You can accomplish what you will” continues to resonate with us.
His influence and long-term impact are beyond dispute and he was a magnificent visionary for African people.
This year marks one hundred years since the founding of Garvey’s Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League, and so it gives me great pleasure to contribute a few words about this remarkable man. Indeed, it is a labor of love.
Marcus Mosiah Garvey, one of the greatest leaders African people have produced, was born August 17, 1887, in St. Ann’s Bay, Jamaica.
He spent his entire life in the service of his people—African people. He was bold, he was uncompromising, and he was one of the most powerful orators on record.
He could literally bring his audiences to a state of high energy with his fiery rhetoric and truth.
In his speeches, actions, and ambitions, Garvey emphasized racial pride. His goal was the redemption and liberation of African people wherever they were found on the planet. His dream was the galvanization of African people into an unrelenting steamroller that could never be defeated.
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