Marcus Garvey taught the world that Black Lives Matter. A Jamaican-born political and civil rights leader known for his legacy of fighting for equal treatment of persons of African descent, Garvey lead under the principles of unity and self-determination. Garvey was a business entrepreneur, international freedom fighter, and founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA).
Under his leadership, the UNIA became one of the largest Black organizations in history; during the peak of its membership the UNIA had over six million members, in 40 countries, with 1,100 chapters. He ignited a movement to encourage African Americans in the United States to overcome oppression in the 1920s, and was a catalyst for decolonization efforts throughout many African nations. Today, Garvey’s principles are just as significant and his spirit is alive in the voice of our youth who protest current an unjust legal system that continues to criminalize Black life.
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