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Three Myths about Mandela Worth Busting

I sometimes feel Nelson Mandela is in need of rescuing, trapped in some pretty bizarre narratives that have nothing to do with his own story or politics. Full disclosure: I…..

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Marcus Garvey’s Africa

Late last year I had the opportunity to review College of William and Mary History Professor Robert Vinson’s remarkable new book, The Americans Are Coming! Dreams of African American Liberation…..

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Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are Black Star

Last Wednesday the Brooklyn rappers collectively known as Black Star*–Mos Def (now going as Yasiin Bey) and Talib Kweli–were guests on the satirical news show,”The Colbert Report.” They last brought…..

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Cape Town and the Caribbean

I’ve blogged here before about the impact of Garveyism on South African cultural and political life (the foremost researcher on this subject is historian Robert Vinson. Which brings me to…..

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Marcus Garvey in South Africa

In the 1920s and 1930 black men and women in segregationist South Africa–including leaders and members of the African National Congress, the party now governing South Africa–appropriated Marcus Garvey’s ideas…..

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Happy Birthday Marcus Garvey

Early 20th century Jamaican black nationalist Marcus Garvey’s ideas of black uplift and racial consciousness still hold sway among large parts of the black South African population, especially adherents of…..