With even a diminutive knowledge of Marcus Garvey, you would recognize this visionary as one of the most influential social activist of the 20th century in Black Nationalism and Pan-Africanism movements.
The Nation of Islam
Minister Louis Farrakhan is the leader of the Nation of Islam, the most powerful Black religious movement in the world, has stated many times that he was very inspired by the life and accomplishments of Jamaican National Hero – Marcus Garvey. Minister Farrakhan often tells a powerful story from his childhood where he visited his uncle’s home. He saw a picture on above the fireplace and was glued to it.
Young Louis asked, “Who is that man?”.
His uncle picked Louis up, put him on his shoulders and said, “That’s Marcus Garvey”.
Louis asked, “What did he do?”.
His uncle said, “He came to unite our people”.
Louis said, “Where is he? I want to meet him”.
His uncle said, “You can’t. He’s dead”.
Minister Farrakhan then says he cried and felt lost because Garvey was gone.
In Winston James’ “book Modern Black Nationalism: From Marcus Garvey to Louis Farrakhan” homage to Garvey was pointed in the most profound way – it states Modern Black Nationalism begins with Marcus Garvey, the acknowledged father of the twentieth-century movement, and showcases the work of more than forty prominent thinkers including Louis Farrakhan!
Both Farrakhan and Garvey were targeted by FBI in a way no other Civil Rights Leader has. So much that Garvey’s legacy is tainted with the US mail fraud conviction many believe to be bogus and ill-willed. The Honorable Minister Louis is among those who are ferociously trying to clear Garvey name and legacy. Farrakhan recently initiated a petition and urged those who love justice to add their names to it in efforts to secure a pardon. Farrakhan identifies Garvey as “one of the greatest of our leaders and the father of the largest movement thus far for the liberation of our people. He was falsely accused by the counter-intelligence activities against the rise of our people by J. Edgar Hoover. He was falsely convicted and then deported.”
One does not need to look far for instances where #Farrakhan hails #Garvey as the leader who has most inspired him. We hail Garvey too????????
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