Courses/Lectures

Each of the 34 courses available can be enrolled in individually, or in packages.  Each course is an approximately 1-hour session that consists of the opportunity for the students to interact with the associated artifacts, and a discussion exercise tailored for your specific class in accordance with your teacher's curriculum/recommendations.  If the Course List below doesn’t fit your needs, we can work together to develop the presentation you desire – from control of the discussion topics to selection of items to be presented.

Marcus Garvey
and the U.N.I.A.

One of the most influential leaders of the 20th Century, Marcus Garvey led a movement with more than 2 million members around the world.  His movement fortified the African-American community with a sense of pride that had not been similarly expressed before.  The ideas of Black Nationalism birthed by the Garvey movement still find expression in today’s culture – unfortunately, however, most youth don’t recognize the connection. With three copies The Black Man magazine published by Garvey himself, an original photo from 1921 of Garvey at a rally, copies of The Negro World published after his death and other items, we can start to tell the story of how one man taught millions to believe in their own greatness.

 

Artifacts: Star Line stock certificate repro, Black Man magazines, Garvey record and coins, original photograph of Marcus Garvey and U.N.I.A. parade in N.Y., copies of Negro World magazines.

The Black Man Magazine, Published by Marcus Garvey, January 1937 - At its peak, the organization Marcus Garvey co-founded and lead, the Universal Negro Improvement Assoaction (U.N.I.A.), boasted more than two million members worldwide.  However, after being imprisoned in the United States on charges of mail fraud, Garvey's global influence began to diminish.  After he was exiled from the United States, however, Garvey did not give up fighting for equality.  In his latter years, he moved to London, where he published this magazine, The Black Man, and continued to promote the idea of global African unity and equality for people of color.

Marcus Garvey on Jamaican Currency (50 cents) - In death, Marcus Garvey has become one of Jamaica's national icons, a revered national treasure like Bob Marley and, most recently, Usain Bolt.  There are monuments, buildings, statues and even music bands dedicated to his life and legacy.  We have here an example one of the ways Jamaica has sought to honor him - with a 50 cent bill bearing his image.  He also appears on other denominations of Jamaican currency as well.

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