Message to the People

Message to the People

The Course of African Philosophy

Marcus Garvey


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In 1937, Marcus Garvey, founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and one of the most controversial figures in the history of race relations, assembled his most trusted organizers to impart his life's lessons. For one month he instructed this elite student body — at its peak the largest international mass movement of African peoples — on topics ranging from universal knowledge and how to attain it to leadership, character, God, and the social system. 
A crucial guide to the understanding of Garvey's philosophy and teachings, Message to the People features profound insights into the nascent days of the Civil Rights movement. This volume will prove an enlightening companion to students of African American and twentieth-century history.


Marcus Garvey:
Jamaican-born Marcus Garvey (1887–40) was a proponent of the Black Nationalism and Pan-Africanism movements, which inspired the Nation of Islam and Rastafarianism. Committed to the belief that African Americans need to secure financial independence from white-dominated society, he founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association and the African Communities League.