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Message to the People: The Course of African Philosophy

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In 1937, Marcus Garvey, founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and one of the most controversial figures in the history of race relations, assembled his most trusted organizers to impart his life's lessons. For one month he instructed this elite student body — at its peak the largest international mass movement of African peoples — on topics ranging from universal knowledge and how to attain it to leadership, character, God, and the social system.
A crucial guide to the understanding of Garvey's philosophy and teachings, Message to the People features profound insights into the nascent days of the Civil Rights movement. This volume will prove an enlightening companion to students of African American and twentieth-century history.

ISBN-13: 9780486842790

Media Type: Paperback

Publisher: Dover Publications

Publication Date: 09-16-2020

Pages: 160

Product Dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

Series: Dover Thrift Editions: Black History

Jamaican-born Marcus Garvey (1887–40) was a proponent of the Black Nationalism and Pan-Africanism movements, which inspired the Nation of Islam and Rastafarianism. Committed to the belief that African Americans need to secure financial independence from white-dominated society, he founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association and the African Communities League.

Table of Contents


Oath of the School of African Philosophy
1. Intelligence, Education, Universal Knowledge, and How to Get It
2. Leadership
3. Aims and Objects of the UNIA
4. Elocution
5. God
6. Christ
7. Character
8. The Social System
9. Diplomacy
10. Economy
11. Man
12, The Purpose of Institutions
13. The Universe
14. Self-Initiative
15. Personality
16. Propaganda
17. Communism
18. Commercial and Industrial Transactions
19. Winning Mankind by Kindness
20. Living for Something
21. History of the UNIA
22. The Five-Year Plan of the UNIA