Marcus Garvey: Black Nationalist Crusader and Entrepreneur

Marcus Garvey: Black Nationalist Crusader and Entrepreneur

by Brenda Haugen
     
 

In the early 20th century, Africa was largely controlled by European powers, and blacks around the world suffered discrimination. Jamaican-born Marcus Garvey feared the extinction of the black race unless his people took control of their own destinies. He felt he was fated to show the way and lead his people to better times. As founder of the Universal Negro…  See more details below

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In the early 20th century, Africa was largely controlled by European powers, and blacks around the world suffered discrimination. Jamaican-born Marcus Garvey feared the extinction of the black race unless his people took control of their own destinies. He felt he was fated to show the way and lead his people to better times. As founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association, Garvey developed a worldwide following that numbered in the millions. Often controversial, Garvey never strayed from his message—that black people needed to reclaim Africa and return their race to the greatness of their ancestors.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Anita Barnes Lowen
Black Pride! You might be surprised to learn that this idea was first articulated by Marcus Garvey almost 100 years ago. Born in Jamaica in 1887, Garvey left school at the age of fourteen to support his family. Bright and determined, he continued to educate himself by reading books from his godfather's library. During his lifetime, he worked as a publisher, a journalist, an entrepreneur (founding the Black Star Line, a shipping company), and an orator. He campaigned against Jim Crow laws, lynching, denial of voting rights, and racial discrimination. Unlike many of his African-American contemporaries, Garvey felt that whites would never treat African Americans as equals. He founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League, which promoted the idea that all those of African ancestry return to Africa and reclaim the continent from the white colonists. Garvey died in London in 1940. His greatest legacy is considered to be his powerful message of racial pride: "He made black people everywhere proud of their past and hopeful about their future." Frequent sidebars provide additional information about relevant events and people. At the end of the book, readers will find parallel timelines of Garvey's life and world events as well as a brief "life at a glance" page, lists of additional resources for learning more, a glossary and an index. The text is well-illustrated with period photographs and drawings. This is a good addition to any collection of books about prominent (but perhaps not well-known) African Americans. Reviewer: Anita Barnes Lowen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756536268
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
01/28/2008
Series:
Signature Lives: Modern World Series
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile:
1060L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Brenda Haugen started in the newspaper business and had a career as an award-winning journalist before finding her niche as an author. Since then, she has written more than 50 books and edited hundreds more, most of them for children. A graduate of the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, Brenda lives in North Dakota with her dog, Alice, who chose Brenda when she went to the Humane Society thinking she was there to adopt another dog.

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