Gone But Not Forgotten: Happy Birthday Marcus Garvey!

12 Posted by - August 17, 2017 - Holidays And Birthdays, LATEST POSTS

Marcus Garvey was a proponent of the Black Nationalism and Pan-Africanism movements, inspiring the Nation of Islam and the Rastafarian movement.

Born in Jamaica, Marcus Garvey was an orator for the Black Nationalism and Pan-Africanism movements, to which end he founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League. Garvey advanced a Pan-African philosophy which inspired a global mass movement, known as Garveyism. Garveyism would eventually inspire others, from the Nation of Islam to the Rastafari movement.
source: http://www.biography.com/people/marcus-garvey-9307319


  • Mike July 11, 2019 - 4:48 am

    We all matter especially those that went through the hardest times that help us get to where where we are today. I salute you Brother. ✊??

    • Black Panther January 15, 2020 - 1:42 am

      You must be white ?

  • Kaneisha July 11, 2019 - 11:47 am

    His Birthday is August 17th

  • William Chamberlain July 11, 2019 - 1:42 pm

    Marcus Carvey was an often discussed man in my fathers house, because he was born in Kinston Jamacia, in 1903!!!! The Pan-African Movement was a real discussion, but the thought of going Back to Jamacia, or Africa was not taken seriously, because mu Mother taught School, and My Father worked for the City of Nwe York, both having good jobs, and collecting pensions upon retirement!!

  • Marie L Vera July 11, 2019 - 5:11 pm

    Keneisha is correct re day of birth and also, Mr. Garvey was born in 1887.

    • Kiambe B Tunsil July 12, 2019 - 4:16 pm

      Marie L Vera,
      I “think” William Chamberlain was referring to his OWN father’s date of birth. At least I think so. Either way, Marcus Garvey’s push for self-pride and efficacy which, to him, meant supporting the “Mother Land,” including possible relocation to Africa, particularly during his day which my paternal great-grandmother’s and grandfather’s day, I think, simply because the blunt and overt racism and acts of violence being perpetrated against blacks at that time caused a number of blacks to at least consider doing so. One thing I WILL say is that we as blacks MUST support each other more than we do. I am not saying everything you buy has to come from a BLACK business person nor am I saying you can only attend BLACK colleges and universities. What I AM saying is that we HAVE to do a better job raising our youth and giving them the BEST EXAMPLES to follow which, by the way, includes introducing children to the Lord and his father, Almighty God, depending on who you worship and believe in. This request includes admitting (grown folk) when you have made a mistake, apologizing to others when you have wronged them, LISTENING to each other whether you like them or agree with them or not, give a “good morning or afternoon” to someone (That could be the difference between someone committing suicide because they feel no one listens to them anymore or getting up the next day by God’s grace and giving it another shot!), and many other small but significant things. I apologize, Mrs. Vera, for the LONG response. I guess I started typing and just lost myself. Anyway, have a nice day.

  • Rasta Tunji July 15, 2019 - 9:51 am

    Let’s exalt the name of the late great Prophet Marcus Mosiah Garvey, O.M. Be reminded that the prophet has come in every generation (~100 yrs). Jesus (Geez’s) had come to exalt the Christ in all people but Rastafari, from the same lineage (Judah) come to blaze fire on infidels and bald heads, and to set those in captivity, free. Marcus Garvey, like other great Prophets have seen the light, that elevated Haile Selassie-I to the throne of the Godhead. David’s throne is for the chosen, unlike other head of state and presidents who have their SEAT on chairs. Look around you!! Get it straight. Zion train is coming.

  • Derryl July 17, 2019 - 8:14 am


    • Dantez July 18, 2019 - 2:09 pm

      Zion Train is here ✌️..,

  • Lollia Aisha July 19, 2019 - 6:23 am

    Let thé name of greatMarcus Garvey be à splendide until now

  • Walter Neal July 19, 2019 - 9:10 pm

    Strong Men by Sterling Brown (My “Tribute” to the Great Marcus Garvey)
    They dragged you from the homeland, They chained you in coffles,
    They huddled you spoon-fashion in filthy hatches,
    They sold you to give a few gentlemen ease.
    They broke you in like oxen, They scourged you, They branded you,
    They made your women breeders, They swelled your numbers with bastards..
    They taught you the religion they disgraced.
    You sang:
    Keep a-inchin’ along
    Lak a po’ inch worm…
    You sang:
    By and Bye
    I’m gonna lay down this heaby load…
    You sang:
    Walk togedder, chillen,
    Dontcha git weary…
    The strong men keep a-comin’ on
    The strong men get stronger.
    They point with pride to the roads you built for them,
    They ride in comfort over the rails you laid for them.
    They put hammers in your hands
    And said-Drive so much before sundown.
    You sang:
    Ain’t no hammah
    In dis lan’
    Strikes lak mine, bebby,
    Stikes lak mine.
    They copped you in their kitchens,
    They penned you in their factories,
    They gave you the jobs that they were too good for,
    They tried to guarantee happiness to themselves
    By shunting dirt and misery to you….
    You sang:
    Me an’ muh baby gonna shine, shine
    Me an’ muh baby gonna shine.
    The strong men keep a-comin’ on
    The strong men git stronger. . . .
    They bought off some of your leaders
    You stumbled, as blind men will. . . .
    They coaxed you, unwontedly soft-voiced. . . .
    You followed a way.
    Then laughed as usual.
    They heard the laugh and wondered;
    Unadmitting a deeper terror. . . .
    The strong men keep a-comin’ on
    Gittin’ stronger. . . .
    What, from the slums
    Where they have hemmed you
    What, from the tiny huts
    They could not keep from you –
    What reaches them
    Making them ill at ease, fearful?
    Today they shout prohibition at you
    “Thou shalt not this.”
    “Thou shalt not that.”
    “Reserved for whites only”
    You laugh.
    One thing they cannot prohibit –
    The strong men . . . coming on
    The strong’ men gittin’ stronger.
    Strong men. . . .
    Stronger. . . .

  • Eb Splash July 20, 2019 - 1:46 am

    Respect for ever Mercus Garvey

    • Mc Workman July 24, 2019 - 2:33 pm

      Inspiring words… Black; made of all. All in Black.

      • KENNETH August 10, 2019 - 12:54 pm

        All came from black skin people

  • Leah Ellington July 20, 2019 - 5:35 pm

    Praise God for the technology to keep Black History moments alive. When I was a teen in the ’70’s there was Black History, Afro-American English, etc. We even had a Black Book store in our school. So many young people realized the contributions of our ancestors…RIGHT HERE IN AMERICA. There was a sense of possibilities, clearly visible in the eyes of young people and audible in the pride we wore on our faces. Newly-Elected officials came thru and shut down or, at least stifled that non-violent growth by removing not only those programs, but music and art from Chicago schools altogether. Some of the programs have come back, but focal points were reassigned to classic European artists. Thank you for celebrating the life and spirit of Marcus Garvey. I’m not looking to move “back to ” Africa. I’m just impressed that time was taken to celebrate a great leader in our history. That his birthdaye is a few weeks away instead of today just means we have a second opportunity to remember the contributions of a man who was not afraid to say it loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud.

  • Nazahah August 9, 2019 - 10:10 pm

    I grew up with the bust of the great Marcus Harvey in my grandparents home and as soon as I walk through the door my eyes would focus on the bust. Lots of times I would talk to it quietly. You see my grandparents were from Trinidad and they were Garviets, I thought we were Jamaican until well in my 40’s when my sister told me what I didn’t know. My grandfather was an orator and he spoke of our motherland as if he came directly from there. I remember he would say ‘mun this world is upside down’ and it is. All my life I have been on the path he set for me and i have the Honorable Marcus Garvey to be thankful for. Where i live there is a Marcus Garvey celebration which has been celebrating for a lot of years. Love and peace.

  • King Nana August 10, 2019 - 2:37 am

    Zakhele Grocery Prayers. Mbabane, Msunduza,Swaziland.
    Finland.Euro Contest?

  • Jeanie Columbo August 10, 2019 - 11:11 pm

    UNIA ! He was ahead of his time. As many times as I’ve Been to Marcus Garvey Park I never saw a picture of him!! PBeavo. Sir, you will never be forgotten!

    • Jeanie August 10, 2019 - 11:13 pm

      Typo! I meant Bravo Sir!

  • Debra Bistic August 12, 2019 - 12:39 pm

    Every black person should know who he is and what he represented.

  • Hakim August 13, 2019 - 8:30 am

    GET the facts right or you dismantle your creditability MARCUS GARVEY was born on the 17th of Aug 1887.

    • Mia F. January 14, 2020 - 5:26 pm

      Thank you ! It’s crazy how no one else knows this.

  • Themba Tshibanda August 13, 2019 - 11:09 am

    Marcus Garvey was not a Pan African. W e b DuBois was the pan-african and despised Marcus Garvey and the working-class African Marcus Garvey movement because Marcus Garvey organized against white power and imperialism what African people to have our own Nation. To lump Marcus Garvey into the white people accommodating Pan African movement is a grave error and an attempt to skew the the significance of Marcus garvey’s African fundamentalist movement and how’d that Marcus garvey’s image that is something acceptable two white people so black people around the world would no longer fight for our own interests our own Nation I will Unite with that sell out pan-africanism it has not gotten us anywhere it’s African people. The Marcus Garvey movement built institutions to take care of our people depend African movement does not do that.

    • Larry Horton December 22, 2019 - 10:12 am

      Right on ✊?=?

  • Shabaka Returns ! August 13, 2019 - 8:46 pm

    UHURU! Look for Mr Harvey’s work coming to truth fruition in material reality NOW ! right NOW 2019 in Freddy Gray town in the hands of the AFRICAN PEOPLE’S SOCIALIST PARTY! building Economic and POLITICAL POWER FOR US US AFRIXAN PEOPLE WORLDWIDE !!! Look to St Louis missouri at The Black Power Blue Print ,a development of ESTEEMED ANCESTOR Marcus Harvey’s program for INDEPENDENT Black Power ! ! !

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  • Malik January 22, 2020 - 11:46 am

    Marcus Garvey though speaking on African fundamentalism was ultimately a Pan Africanist Pan Africanism was not an accomodationist movement and Garveyism is the highest stage of Pan Africanism.