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AAS 485: Garvey & Garveyism: Course Summary

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Garvey & Garveyism

Marcus Mosiah Garvey (1887-1940), through his organization the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), is often credited with leading the largest black movement in history. Controversial even to this day, Garvey, a Jamaican by birth, was most interested in a political unification of African peoples throughout the world, and a physical return for some to the “African homeland.” With his slogan “African for the Africans,” Garvey was probably the first to call for African decolonization at a time when European countries had no intention of relinquishing their African territories.

This colloquium takes a critical but balanced look at the leadership, nationalist ideology, and the life and times of Marcus Garvey as seen by his contemporaries (including family) and treatment by scholars.

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