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[WA] research garvey movement Pacific Nortwest USA

A significant amount of work has been compiled regarding contributions of Marcus Garvey to the Pacific Northwest of the United States (Washington, Seattle, Oregon, Vancouver etc.). This has contributed to an understanding of social interaction, migration and other demographic patterns influencing the Garvey Movement from its earliest establishment in the region.

The cultural circle of the garvey movement, because of links with Africa and the Diaspora, provided historical stability and insight for African Americans. This aided implemention of the democratic process for immigrants and other non-whites challenged by: colonialism, politics, race, ethnicity, war and the claims of medical eugenics.

As an organization supporters and members of the Universal Negro Improvement Association in Seattle were vital to race relations; and the development of organizations: CORE- employment and housing strategies (Congress Racial Equality), Girl Scouts, Poverty Programme, Saint Martin de Porres Society, trade unions, credit union, Black owned food store, business and education.

In the spirit of brotherhood the Garvey Movement did not hesitate to provide meals for the poor (including communists) as well as Black and White serviceman during WWII in Seattle and the Korean War. The UNIA also worked in the spirit of brotherhood with people who suffered from prejudice in addition to the circumstances of WWII: Italians, Jews, Japanese, Filipinos and Germans.

Owing to the global climate of the time this was often a difficult and thankless task.

What is important to appreciate is that these efforts were characteristic of most Divisions of the UNIA...the spirit of Brotherhood for all peoples.

Thank You for the opportunity to comment.

Dr. I.M. Spence-Lewis

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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