At first as I was reading our selection of Garvey, I was optimistic that he would do better than Booker T Washington or WEB DuBois in articulating on behalf of black people. Instead, I think he changed the game a bit. While one side previously called to just let African Americans live with their conditions, pack up their marbles and go home, and the other called to try to change things, Garvey seems to combine these two. Instead of just packing up and going home, they’re packing up, going home, and setting up shop there. I don’t know that he had the right idea, but I thought it was a cool one.

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