Marcus Garvey: Pan-Africanist and Black-Nationalist was born today

Marcus Garvey: Pan-Africanist and Black-Nationalist was born today

- On this day, 17th August 1887, black nationalist, Marcus Garvey was born in Jamaica

- Using his voice as a journalist and publisher, Marcus went on to play a crucial role in black empowerment

-Although his involvement with white supremacists came under much scrutiny, he was often praised for encouraging black pride

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Today we celebrate the life of another black man who played a role in helping to secure black people a better life. While we may not be where we would've loved to be yet regarding both freedom and equality, there many thanks to be given to the people who paved the way to a more unified society.

One such person, is Jamaican-born, Marcus Garvey.

Marcus's love for books and reading led him into a life of journalism and publishing. His career choice opened his eyes to a world of black injustice which saw him quickly becoming involved in the struggle against white supremacy. Soon Marcus was elected to be the vice president of Kingston union, a union aimed at fighting for the rights of black workers.

Marcus Garvey: Pan-Africanist and Black-Nationalist was born today

Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr., ONH (17 August 1887 10 June 1940), was a Jamaican political leader. Source: Getty Images
Source: Getty Images

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After getting involved in a national strike, Marcus left Jamaica and subsequently started his own newspaper called, La Nacionale in 1911. He also wrote for other publications, namely, African Times and Orient Review.

There he developed most of his ideas for black empowerment and unity. After moving back to Jamaica, he founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), an organization that was driven by its goal to achieve black separatism.

His ideas for black separatism which encouraged black people to move back to Africa and secure financial independence separate from white-dominant society became known as Garveyist ideas. While many frowned on him for promoting racial separatism, he was also highly praised for promoting black pride and encouraging black self-worth

In his bid to unite the African diaspora with Africa, he began trying to raise money for ships that would transport black Africans, back to Africa, more specifically speaking, Liberia. Soon after trying to raise money for these ships, Marcus was arrested for mail fraud in the United States and was imprisoned for nearly two years.

He was then deported back to Jamaica where he continued his activism. Marcus died on the 10th of June after relocating to London.

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Meanwhile, in other news a picture of a young black woman kneeling in her graduation gown between two guys carrying a sign that reads "Lobola has officially been raised" has gone viral.

The image, which was probably meant to inspire, received mixed reactions from Twitter users who thought the essence behind lobola was being lost. Hundreds of people shared their opinion on the practice of paying and accepting lobola as a whole.

Shared by controversial parody Twitter account, @AdvoBarryRoux, it attracted the attention of tweeps who shared mixed reactions to the young woman's weird flex, which was obviously aimed at showing off her graduation achievement. The picture was instead called "problematic".

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