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Marcus Mosiah Garvey
WHO AM I?
Edited by Baba Kwasi - A Story for Children
Truly, for many blacks, Garvey provided a vision of the
endless possibilities once they systematically eroded the
barriers to their success. Many felt a renewed sense of
dignity, and of destiny, through Garvey's unceasing
In 1922, the promise that Garvey represented was shattered by the charges brought against him by the United States: mail fraud. They tried, convicted, and sentenced him to five years in prison. He served two years and nine months, was released and deported to his homeland, Jamaica. Discredited, he sought to revive the U.N.I.A. and so he left Jamaica for England, where he died in 1940. With his death, the monumental impact of his life and work became more broadly recognized and acknowledged. He was inducted as Jamaica's first national hero, and leaders like Kwame Nkrumah, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr. cite him as the inspiration for their work. Today, Marcus Garvey is revered as a hallmark of black leadership and one of the great visionaries of this century.