Marcus make a fashion statement, it’s well reflective
iconic Marcus Garvey, was a Black Nationalist controversial figure. Today, all
around the world he is loved and celebrated as Che Guervara. His image is worn
similar to a badge of honor by the young that are cognizant. Mr. Garvey makes a
cultural statement on hoodies, jackets and t-shirt apparel. Not only does it
make a fashion statement, it’s well reflective of his indoctrination, of strength
and Pan Africanism. “One God” “One Aim” “One Destiny”.
Just as it is bold of an awakening statement, many can attest to this. The only
way to gain financial freedom is to adjust yourself for economic positioning.
As a result, of Garvey’s rise to prominence we see his influences happening in
sports, entertainment, fashion and culture. From Michael Jordan,
Damon John, Berry Gordy, Oprah Winfrey and Diddy. Were all impacted by his
pride and courage knowing that one day they too would have a way to improve
their life. Needless to say, they were able to overcome any unforeseen
backlash. Of them opening their own businesses. Ultimately, they stood proud
and unmoved, knowing that the business of being lucratively successful, in America
is allegedly dictated by white supremacist. Therefore, they decided to align
themselves with the teachings of Pan Africanism. In whom they believed in and were
all very successful in their individual careers.
Born in a small town in St Ann’s Jamaica with a
family of eleven. Marcus Sr. was a mason and mother Sarah Jane Richards was a
domestic worker. Garvey comes from humble beginnings. At a young age Garvey had
a fascination with reading books from his father’s library. So at the age of
fourteen years old, Garvey received an apprentice position at a printing store.
By virtue, would be the right fit to offset all his dreams and aspirations.
Such as “Universal Negro Improvement
Association and African Communities League”. The Black Star Line and The
Negro World were his two pride possessions that proved to the people that he
knew exactly what he wanted to do. There were no signs of reluctance, everyone
knew he was a great leader and organizer where he was efficient where he would
organize meetings in the basement of the church.. The church symbolizes a place
of unity for most, he mobilized and rallied parishioners on advocating race,
pride, self-reliance, and economic independence. (Rashidi. A) “His Motto, Up!
You mighty race. You can accomplish what you will.”(Rashidi. A) Marcus
Garvey had a way with words. He spoke bold and proud and dedicated his entire
life for black liberation. His Father was discerning and unafraid of the
consequences. He knew that African American slaves had to make sacrifices, in
order to break down the social economical barriers, to move the culture forward.
Garvey was solid, just, and aware of African history. Garvey Sr. was a man that
was well off which lived in a diverse neighborhood that would expose young
Garvey to a mix melting pot. Together communicating with children in the
Unexplainably, Garvey Sr. made a fortune and died poor. That’s
where Marcus Garvey gets his inspiration and drive for business.
of Marcus Garvey’s influences is the Rastafarian faith. Rastafarian’s embraced
the concept of wholeness in everything being, from it’s origin. Planet based food,
history, and spirituality. Garvey laid the ground work for the growth in
Rastafarians. This was the first time people watched an African build an
allegiance of hundreds and thousands of proud African Americans. It was said
that Garvey was not coerced into the thinking. He had intuition and the black
man’s heart in every move he made. Therefore, the notion that he spoke was
“Look for Africa where a king shall be crowned” In him shall be your
redemption” They heard it prophetic in which whom that person was called
to be “Tafari Makonnen” crowned as Haile Selassie Emperor of Ethiopia and chair
person of the organization of African Unity. Garvey’s sole mission was to
change and redefine how people think about Africa. Setting a different tone
other then the negative stereo types Africans are labeled as. I.e. “African
bootee scratcher” , “primitive cave man like”, which dates back
from the early civilization of Chaka Zulu during combat. Most African Americans
lack of knowledge of heritage/history are not comfortable with Garvey’s
philosophy’s. The cloudiness and internalization’s of those images we’ve seen
centuries ago still exist in our minds and hearts, which gives most of us a
shameful feeling that many can’t seem to escape. Therefore, what we do is
disconnect ourselves from it all. Having the lack of education kills the
sustainability and development of our people. Hence, aids in the brainwashing
of African Americans feeling inferior about themselves.
example of Marcus Garvey’s influences was the Nation of Islam. Malcom X”
said it was Marcus Garvey philosophy of Pan Africanism that initiated the
entire freedom movement”. The theory of the Nation of Islam bought their
practices and levels of discipline in African American community.
Marcus Garvey was one the first to use
what he learned from his travels; Most of his life, he fought to solve the black
man troubles by speaking on the root of the problem, which is economic
independence. African American people do not own anything, we rely on our
leadership for a weekly pay to keep us in check. Although there’s nothing wrong
with working and making an honest living, entrepreneurship is one of the
teachings of Marcus Garvey where he believes that entrepreneurship is the
foundation of a stabilizing force in a community.
Marcus Garveys ideology was not well received by the governement and even some
of the leadership in the African American community. They believe that his
ideas were extreme and he would be considered a high risk for society. For
example, During the J Edgar Hoover’s cointelpro project many community leaders,
including Marcus were targeted to be infiltrated and jailed. WEB Dubois spoke
poorly and criticized Garvey and supplied the governemnt with coltenpro about
the ideas of the UNIA. and what plans he had to completely the minds of the
people. But it’s what you do with that
pay check and how you reinvent it into a small business or putting it back into
community . Living in the carribean neighborhoods what we see it Jewish, Asian,
and Arabic people whom enslaves us at one time . Moving into our neighborhoods
and establishing business to take back home. While we the African Americans go out to work hard , labor and
give this money to the Asian, Jewish and Arabic people and help them build
there communities and pay the way for there kids to get a great educationwhile
we sit in our _______ that pay to keep us in check soundes like a modern
slavery. In conclusion we have to become more awake and conscious to what is
going on not only in our communities but to one another and making sure that we
love and have compassionate for one another. It is said that it takes a village
to raise a child . So when are reminded of Marcus Garvey s teachings we donot
stand around our children are in trouble and film and post video while someone
is phisically getting named. And stand there and watch young people disrespect
one of our elders hurt our elders , cuss at our elders. African Americans need to be reminded the reason why
they are able to go to school and walk down the same block, use the same
bathrooms eat the same restaurants i9s because ofthe activism of Marcus garvey
and pan Africanism. White people are taking advantage of black people today.
Because black people are all disunited.Where can they be a nation when there is
no trust amonst all. It’s sickening to see this behavior happening in all
industries all over the world. It almost feels like the only time we may hyave
had compassion for one another is when we were bolted down in shackles ankle to
ankle brace to brace on the slave ships.