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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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Broadcast on the Winds

Broadcast on the Winds

(p.160) Chapter Six Broadcast on the Winds
The Age of Garvey

Adam Ewing

Princeton University Press

This chapter considers how religious practices had acquired a radical visage, an anticolonial posture, at those moments when they offered a viable means of articulating a conflict, a lingua franca within which both colonizer and colonized might revisit the terms of their relationship. For millennial revivals in southern and central Africa, Garveyism provided this very device. Garveyites sustained, facilitated, and amplified a diasporic field of mythmaking that across the region had the unintended effect of offering African prophets and proselytizers a means to claim their independence, to project power, and to articulate their visions of a renewed Africa. Revivalists challenged the authority of the state by linking their millennial visions of deliverance to fantastical rumors about the arrival of African American liberators, who would drive Europeans from the continent and institute a peaceful era of black rule.

Keywords:   religion, religious practices, anticolonialism, mythmaking, black rule

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