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Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind (2000)

Marcus Garvey emmigrated from Jamaica to New York City in 1914, bringing with him a message of black empowerment. After touring the United States with his message, his organization started ... See full summary »

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Marcus Garvey emmigrated from Jamaica to New York City in 1914, bringing with him a message of black empowerment. After touring the United States with his message, his organization started publishing The Negro World, a newspaper. With millions of followers worldwide, Garvey decried racial prejudice in the U.S.A., and urged African-Americans to invest in shares of his organization's shipping company, The Black Star Line. Garvey also promoted the idea of millions of African-Americans moving to Africa to found their own nation. Written by Ken Miller <wkmiller704@yahoo.com>

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21 January 2000 (USA)  »

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a fascinating documentary about a forgotten man
6 February 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

When I first saw this video, I knew VERY little about Marcus Garvey. This isn't surprising, as MOST Americans have no idea who he or the UNIA was--even though they were a potent force in the early 20th Century. This Jamaican-born activist was at one time the most powerful and most feared black man in America and his spectacular rise and crash were well chronicled in this film. I especially appreciate it because much of the material on Garvey you find in books lacks objectivity--either portraying Garvey as evil or as an innocent man hounded by a racist federal government. The true story lies well in the middle--with his seeds of greatness as well as a powerful Achilles Heel (his ego). The documentary doesn't necessarily take EITHER view but presents the evidence and lets you make your own conclusion. All in all, a wonderfully made PBS film and well worth watching--particularly for teens and young adults.


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