Marcus Garvey

Marcus Garvey was one of the most influential leaders of the early 20th century civil rights movement. On March 5, 2009, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Steven Hahn presents “Marcus Garvey Reconsidered” at the Library. Learn more about Garvey and his lasting legacy in these books.

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A Nation Under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration
By Steven Hahn
Presenting both an inspiring and a troubling perspective on American democracy, this 2004 Pulitzer Prize winner is the epic story of how African Americans, in the six decades following slavery, transformed themselves to a political people--an embryonic black nation.

Marcus Garvey

Negro With a Hat: The Rise and Fall of Marcus Garvey
By Colin Grant
In the 1920s, Marcus Mosiah Garvey captivated audiences with his Universal Negro Improvement Association and Back to Africa program. In this biography, Grant captures Garvey's extraordinary life, from his impoverished beginnings to the pinnacle of his fame to his tragic final days.

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Marcus Garvey, Life and Lessons: A Centennial Companion to the Marcus Garvey and Universal Negro Improvement Association Papers
Edited by Robert A. Hill
A popular companion to the scholarly edition of The Marcus Garvey and Universal Negro Improvement Association Papers, this volume is a collection of autobiographical and philosophical works produced by Garvey in the period from his imprisonment in Atlanta to his death in London in 1940.

Modern Black Nationalism: From Marcus Garvey to Louis Farrakhan
Edited by William L. Van Deburg
Since its dramatic growth under Marcus Garvey and the Universal Negro Improvement Association during the 1920s, black nationalism has played a central role in American political and intellectual life. In Modern Black Nationalism, William L. Van Deburg has collected the most influential speeches, pamphlets, and articles that trace the development of black nationalism in the 20th century. Beginning with Marcus Garvey, the acknowledged father of the 20th-century movement, William L. Van Deburg here provides a showcase of the work of more than fifty prominent thinkers including Louis Farrakhan, Elijah Muhammad, Maulana Karenga, the founder of Kwanzaa, Amiri Baraka and Molefi Asante.

Better Day Coming: Blacks and Equality, 1890-2000
By Adam Fairclough
From the end of postwar Reconstruction in the South to an analysis of the rise and fall of Black Power, acclaimed historian Adam Fairclough presents a straightforward synthesis of the century-long struggle of black Americans to achieve civil rights and equality in the United States. Beginning with Ida B. Wells and the campaign against lynching in the 1890s, Fairclough chronicles the tradition of protest that led to the formation of the NAACP, Booker T. Washington and the strategy of accommodation, Marcus Garvey and the push for black nationalism, through to Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and beyond.

The African-American Century: How Black Americans Have Shaped Our Country
By Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Cornel West
In a highly original and historic celebration of black Americans and their contributions to culture, the authors select 100 outstanding men and women and use their lives and accomplishments to create a fascinating portrait of the last century. Their selections are drawn from the worlds of politics and business, literature, sports, music, science, and cultural criticism.

Amy Ashwood Garvey: Pan-Africanist, Feminist, and Mrs. Marcus Garvey Wife Number 1 (or A Tale of Two Amies)
By Tony Martin
This is the first biography of Amy Ashwood Garvey. She was the first wife of Marcus Mosiah Garvey, founder and leader of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), the largest Pan-African movement in history. This is an entertaining, fast paced but historically well researched account of a significant female in African American and African history written by one of the world's foremost scholars on Marcus Garvey.

The Veiled Garvey: The Life and Times of Amy Jacques Garvey
By Ula Yvette Taylor
In this biography, Ula Taylor explores the life and ideas of one of the most important, if largely unsung, Pan-African freedom fighters of the twentieth century: Amy Jacques Garvey (1895-1973), the second wife of Marcus Garvey. Soon after their marriage in 1922, she began to give speeches and to publish editorials urging black women to participate in the Pan-African movement and addressing issues that affected people of African descent across the globe. Taylor examines the many roles Jacques Garvey played throughout her life, as feminist, black nationalist, journalist, daughter, mother, and wife. Tracing her political and intellectual evolution, the book illuminates the leadership and enduring influence of this remarkable activist.

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