The Trench Town Rock Experience- Coming soon to the Washington DC Metropolitan Region.

Marcus Mosiah Garvey

Marcus Mosiah Garvey

Errol McKinson

Oil on Canvas 12 x 12

Source: McKinson Gallery

The Trench Town Rock Experience will be featuring life experiences living in the Ghettos of Trench Town , Jamaica, Kingston 12. As a kid growing up these are some of the amazing life styles I have seen around me. I was previledge to have seen and walk the streets graced by the presence of people like Jamaica's first National Hero Marcus Garvey. This portrait along with several other paintings will be on display during the month of November at the Embassy of Jamaica, Washington DC.

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Marcus Garvey was a proponent of the Black Nationalism and Pan-Africanism movements, inspiring the Nation of Islam and the Rastafarian movement.

Born in Jamaica, Marcus Garvey (1887-1940) became a leader in the black nationalist movement by applying the economic ideas of Pan-Africanists to the immense resources available in urban centers. After arriving in New York in 1916, he founded the Negro World newspaper, an international shipping company called Black Star Line and the Negro Factories Corporation.

During the 1920s, his Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) was the largest secular organization in African-American history. Indicted for mail fraud by the U.S. Justice Department in 1923, he spent two years in prison before being deported to Jamaica, and later died in London.

Garvey aimed to organize blacks everywhere but achieved his greatest impact in the United States, where he tapped into and enhanced the growing black aspirations for justice, wealth, and a sense of community. DuringWorld War I and the 1920s, his Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) was the largest black secular organization in African-American history. Possibly a million men and women from the United States, the Caribbean, and Africa belonged to it.

Garvey came to New York in 1916 and concluded that the growing black communities in northern cities could provide the wealth and unity to end both imperialism in Africa and discrimination in the United States. He combined the economic nationalist ideas of Booker T. Washington and Pan-Africanists with the political possibilities and urban style of men and women living outside of plantation and colonial societies. Garvey’s ideas gestated amid the social upheavals, anticolonial movements, and revolutions of World War I, which demonstrated the power of popular mobilization to change entrenched structures of power.



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