Marcus Garvey: The Pan-African King
A person with no self-pride can never live a complete life. There is nothing more traumatic, depressing and unfortunate than an individual who doesn’t know who they are. Black People in America have been fighting the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade, Reconstruction, Black Codes, Jim Crow, Systematic Racism, Segregation, Housing Discrimination, corrupt Judicial System, Police Brutality, The KKK, and 80’s Drug Laws during our existence on these lands. There has been a War against our very essence since we arrived. When various cultures are displaced, you are literally stripped of an essential connection to your people. Societies connected to the African Diaspora that were traded globally ended up primarily in the Americas and various Caribbean Islands. We simply lost our sense of self. Well, our sense of self was taken. When you lose your sense of self and identity, it’s easier to be defeated spiritually, emotionally, sexually and physically by opposition. When you don’t know who you are, it’s impossible to have pride in who you are as a Man, Woman or Child. In the history of this nation, there have been Black Leaders, Intellectuals, Educators, Abolitionist, and overall determined souls who put their lives on the line for the betterment of the entire race. One of the leading soldiers in our “Global War” was none other than Marcus Mosiah Garvey Jr.