Celebrate Black Excellence: 10 Interesting Facts About Marcus Garvey

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During the 1920s, Garvey’s UNIA-ACL, according to historian Lawrence Levine, was “the broadest mass movement” in African-American history.

There were an estimated 1 million men and women from the United States, the Caribbean and Africa who belonged to the organization.

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On Oct. 14, 1919, George Tyler visited Garvey at his Harlem office, claiming to have been sent by Edwin Kilroe, the assistant district attorney of New York.

Kilroe was investigating the UNIA-ACL in order to find evidence of wrongdoing, but it was proven that there wasn’t any. Tyler pulled out a gun and shot Garvey in his right leg and head. Garvey sustained injuries but survived. 

 

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