Marcus Garvey

Marcus Garvey Resource 


Marcus Garvey, 1887 – 1940: Marcus Garvey was the youngest of 11 children born in Jamaica. Garvey left school at the age of 14 to join the work force. As a printers apprentice, he led a strike for higher wages. Later in life, Garvey went on to create various entities that promoted black people to love themselves, their culture and their ancestral background. He founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) in 1914. He was able to relocate to New York, bringing the UNIA along where it was able to thrive. He was very inspirational to the Civil Rights Movement. 

“A people without knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” –Marcus Garvey