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The Age of GarveyHow a Jamaican Activist Created a Mass Movement and Changed Global Black Politics$
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Adam Ewing

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691157795

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691157795.001.0001

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“The Silent Work that must be Done”

“The Silent Work that must be Done”

(p.107) Chapter Four “The Silent Work that must be Done”
The Age of Garvey

Adam Ewing

Princeton University Press

This chapter recounts the decline of Garvey's institutional empire and how it provided space for the emergence of a “second period” of modest organization building and consciousness raising, generated as much by the needs and expectations of the Garveyite rank and file as by Garvey himself, as much by the limits and constraints of a reactionary age as by the “freedom dreams” of energetic black activists. Hence, the lasting legacy of Marcus Garvey would be forged not in the radical moment of 1919–20, nor in the grand theatrics and ostentatious scheming that made Garvey famous, but in the sustained commitment to movement making—locally rendered, globally framed.

Keywords:   UNIA, Universal Negro Improvement Association, institutional crisis, second-period Garveyism, movement making, black activists

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