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 Marcus Garvey

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Name at Birth: Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr

 

Known As: Marcus Garvey

 

Birthday: 17 August 1887

 

Place of Birth: Saint Ann's Bay, Jamaica

 

Died: 10 June 1940

 

Best Known For: Being a strong and inspirational political leader.

Marcus Garvey believed that African/ African American people should be able to return to their home lands after slavery had separated them from their countries, homes, families and cultures.

 

Marcus Garvey started the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) which was an association focused on the independence and personal growth of black people. It has been noted that Marcus Garvey united over 6 million black men and women in pride and togetherness through his ideas and speeches. Marcus’ ideas inspired future leaders such as Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.

 

Marcus Garvey said:

 “The Black skin is not a badge of shame, but rather a glorious symbol of national greatness.”