Turning Points in Pan-Africanism: Marcus Garvey
Saturday 22 January 2022
2pm (New York), 7pm (London), 8pm (Lagos)
This public lecture is supporting the course Pan-Africanism and Nationalism as part of the Foundation Certificate in African History and Political Thought
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Black Nationalism and Pan-Africanism are often thought of as two distinct methods of liberation. But what if we reimagined the connection between the localized nature of nationalism and the quest for Pan-African unity?
Join us for the second installment of Turning Points in Pan-Africanism. In this lecture, we will discuss how Marcus Mosiah Garvey reimagined the theoretical framework of Pan-Africanism to see it as a political program for global repatriation and ‘Negro’ state formation. We will uncover how he reimagined the structures of western imperialism for use as tools of liberation. In particular, we will explore how his belief in the insularity of Negro identity and in economic development as a tool of liberation fed into his theories of Pan-Africanism.
Through examining primary source material, we will trace how the ideologies of Garvey not only centered Africa in state-building and civic participation in the diaspora, but also influenced later spiritual and philosophical inquiries into a global Black identity, such as Rastafarianism.
Kai Mora is a Senior Fellow at the African History Project. A rising Africanist she is completing graduate studies in African history and has worked within a wide variety of museum, publishing and non-profit institutions. Specialising in Black intellectual history, she is dedicated to platforming Black ideologies and reimagining access to education. Her research centers on African culture and consciousness.