Marcus Garvey: A True Hero

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“ Until you produce what the white man has produced, you will not be his equal."(nationalhumanitiescenter.org) . This quote came from Marcus Garvey, one of the many African American leaders of the 20th century, that some people have forgotten. This man was a real hero that would inspire many other African Americans to work towards to earn their rights.Marcus Garvey's life was influenced by his early life. Their major accomplishments to American society, including creating the largest black organization in America, the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) (nationalhumanitiescenter.org), which helped him earn his place in history as an important African American. “The pen is mightier than the sword, but the tongue is mightier than them …show more content…
Marcus Garvey was born on August 17, 1887, in St. Ann’s Bay, Jamaica where he lived with his family (BBC News). Marcus was the youngest of the 11 children in his family (BBC News). He lived with all of his 11 brother and sisters, but nine of the eleven never made to adulthood because of disease (blackhistorystudies.com). As he started to grow older at the age of 14, Marcus became a printer's apprentice to help his family (biography.com). Also, Marcus was heavily influenced by the civil rights activist of his day (Dillinger, Kelly, and Triplett). As Marcus grew older with age, he established the UNIA (Biography.com).Later Marcus went to America in 1916 to found the UNIA there, too (Biography.com). Through all great people, an important beginning affects him in his later years. Like this quote from Marcus which goes along very well, “The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical.” …show more content…
Garvey was an important person in American society because he helped to improve African American’s lives. How he did that was, he fought for equal rights for blacks, around the world, but he stilled believe that they should be separate, but have equal rights. Also, Marcus Garvey was best known for being an activist. First of in his time he met with the KKK on missegregation in Atlanta in 1922 (americanradioworks). Second, in Garvey's life, he advanced the Pan-African philosophy to Garveyism (Bioagraphy.com). What “Garveyism” is the term used to describe the body of thought and organizational(Encyclopediaofchicago.org).Then, because of Garveyism, which Marcus Garvey made, it inspired other groups the Nation of Islam to the Rastafari movement (Bioagraphy.com). Which for the Rastafari movements he was considered as a prophet (BBC News). All in all, these are just a few of the great things that Marcus Garvey has done. With that, it also shows that “Intelligence rules the world, ignorance carries the burden...”

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