Amy Jacques Garvey And The Black Freedom Movement
Women, like men, have always been a part of historical events but they aren’t given as much attention or significance. The main reason was a lack of respect from their counterparts. Women weren’t granted equal rights or an equal voice and were continually obstructed by men. However, this did not stop women altogether. Women such as Eslanda Robeson, Shirley Graham Du Bois and Amy Jacques Garvey were key figures during the black freedom movement. These women were involved in the social and political rebuilding of African American society and identity. Women were an integral part of the black freedom struggle and their efforts were impactful.
African American leaders established political connections with global movements to strengthen their cause. Activists pointed to the decolonization of the Gold Coast and India as inspiration for the movement at home. However, these efforts were not met with total success. Ironically, many African Americans believed that Africans were primitive and wanted no connection with them. African Americans shared the view of the very colonizers they were rebelling against.
Eslanda Robeson, an anthropologist, was troubled by the discriminatory language used while studying in England. During her time at the London School of Economics, she witnessed firsthand, how eurocentrism got in the way of objective science. Her fellow students also remarked how Robeson had more in common with them than the “Other” because she was educated. Eslanda Robeson…