In the Caribbean, we have developed different ideas to get out of the oppressive mind state that slavery has left with us. One such ideology was Pan-Africanism. Pan-Africanism is a movement that seeks to unify African people or people living in Africa, into "one African community." This ideology did not pop out of thin air but had men that developed this idea to cause a movement. Marcus Garvey and W.E.B DuBois were the driving forces of this ideology. They are called Pan-Africanists. These two contributed their whole life to this movement and they accomplished many goals to make this ideology a reality. As research tells, these men had disputes on certain details that they saw differently for the same goal but both of them in their own way fought for Pan-Africanism.
Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr.(17 August 1887 – 10 June 1945) was a Jamaican publisher, journalist, entrepreneur, and orator who was a firm advocate of the Black Nationalism and Pan-Africanism movements, to which end he founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association. Garvey promoted Pan-Africanism in many ways. First he had several newspapers such as Negro World and Black Man that he used as a form to make known his ideologies and to promote Pan-Africanism and raise the consciousness of African people. Another important step for Pan-Africanism was when Garvey built a transport system for black people to travel back to their homeland, Africa. This made the goals and beliefs of Pan-Africanism a reality. One cannot forget his many public appearances that promoted black culture and brotherhood. Even after his death, he was as inspiration to many such as Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and Bob Marley.
William Edward Burghardt DuBois (February 23, 1868- On August 27, 1963) a harbinger of Black Nationalism and Pan-Africanism, DuBois died in self-imposed exile in his home away from home with his ancestors of a glorious past—Africa. The...
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