Celebrate Black Excellence: 10 Interesting Facts About Marcus Garvey

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Garvey has become an international symbol for Black freedom. Civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. called him “the first man, on a mass scale, to give millions of Negroes a sense of dignity and destiny.”

 

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From 1936 to 1938, Garvey attended conventions in Toronto in order to set up the School of African Philosophy.

In 1940, he suffered a stroke that led to his death at age 52. In 1964, the Jamaican government proclaimed Garvey a national hero. The nation also created a shrine to honor him.

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