The New Negro
The term “The New Negro” was in my opinion spoke about almost the rebirth of the black man. This black man was proud of his identity, he was now very aware of what was going on around him. The New Negro was a man that was one who knew his rights and was willing to fight for it – education, the right to vote, to earn a decent wage, to own business and show the brilliance and power of the black man. This period established beginning of a period that would not only set the tone for other generation but show case the talent, grace and splendor of the black man. The New Negro was personified by various members of black society namely Marcus Garvey, Claude McKay, Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston. Marcus Garvey, a Jamaican born national came to the United States in 1916 in order to visit Booker T. Washington in Tuskegee, Alabama. Booker T. Washington had a great impact on Marcus Garvey and his ideologies, in fact it was after Garvey read Up from Slavery did Garvey really understood the plight of the black man and found his calling to uplift the Negro race socially, economically and politically. As a result Garvey began to as himself questions that would become the catalysis that would start a movement that would propel the black race into a state of awareness and find a connection between them and the mother land Africa. Garvey’s founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League. The function of the UNIA was to unite ALL the Negro peoples of the world into one great body to establish a country and government that was their own. Garvey’s movement was on of great support and he established branches of UNIA in thirty-six states and around the world. Garvey also established a journal “Negro World” its function to promote his cause to inform blacks and encourage the transport of people and goods to and from Africa. Although Garvey’s dream was not totally realized the impact his works and mission to unite his people his...
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