The introduction streamlines the message clearly ‘’Teach the Youths about Garvey’’.
Marcus Mosiah Garvey was a prominent Black Nationalist and proponent of pan-Africanism. Born in St. Ann’s Bay, Jamaica his contributions as founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) influenced Black Movements worldwide and initiated the “Back to Africa movement’’ in the United States.
Marcus Garvey spoke out about the history of African descendants and why repatriation was important in restoring wealth back into the mother land.
Conscious Reggae group Roots by Nature use the message of the prolific writer and leader to urge the masses to ‘’Teach The Youths about Garvey.’’ Most people do not know that Africa was once known as Ethiopia. It is rare that historians mention the thriving nations of Kemet, Timbuktu, and Kush. Reggae music is instrumental in spreading this knowledge through Rastafari and Afrocentricism.
Chronixx sings about Columbus’ discovery of the Bahamas in 1492 and the Trans-Atlantic trade that transported over 3 million African slaves to the Americas. The track “Capture Land’’ from the Dread & Terrible project argues that European colonialism tried to erase the truth about ancient African civilization. Chronixx pleads ‘’Carry me go home| bring me round the East | I’m a Rasta man and Rastas don’t live on no capture land.’’
Marcus Garvey’s mission to carry the black diaspora back to Africa continued even after he died on June 20, 1940. Garvey posthumously received the title as Jamaica’s First National Hero for encouraging African descendants to return to the West African country of Liberia.
The new generation of Garveyites is our only hope for repatriation. All people of color must return ‘’home’’ in a figurative sense, uniting under our ancestry, tradition and common heritage. The forces of oppression attempt to segment the human race based on shade, hue and location. Through educating young people on the relevance of Garvey, people are opening the doors for a new history lesson to take place in our communities, schools, and homes. Please won’t you help me sing, these songs of freedom, it’s all I ever had… Redemption Song.
“Liberate the minds of men and ultimately you will liberate the bodies of men.”
― Marcus Garvey
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