e-pubs version 1. Community: The practicality and reality of lessons from Marcus Garvey for Africans in the 21st century

Community: The practicality and reality of lessons from Marcus Garvey for Africans in the 21st century

This essay will explore practical solutions for Africans in the 21st century by looking at the work of Marcus Garvey in creating “community spaces” he called liberty halls.

Liberty Halls were the headquarters of the UNIA and were located Globally.  SunRa once said and composed a brilliant piece called Space is the place, alluding to the need for the African to liberate themselves through space, futuristically imaging “outerspace but also developing social creative and intellectual space to be free. Norman Girvan too talks about space. He said space creates space for space. Intellectual space. Freedom starts in the head and alternatives start in imagination”.
 By embodying the desire for freedom self-determination and black liberation through a mass movement called the UNIA, then to plant the seeds of the movement in branches called Liberty Hall, Garvey was able to develop community. A network of humans existing together around a shared existence and shared ideology.

 Understanding Marcus Garvey’s Ideas- Process and product

Marcus Garvey created something and a way of doing things. The UNIA and Liberty Hall are tangible products of Marcus Garvey’s thoughts. The UNIA and Liberty Hall represented community, which I want to suggest is a way of doing things an example and an approach. Process and Product are important ideas to help us understand that one of the fundamental things that can be missing from our discussion and analysis around Garvey , the way he demonstrates “how” and the importance of “how” in the execution of his ideas specifically the value of “how” for our liberation in the 21st century. Marcus Garvey has taught us the significance of creating space through community. Recreating society.

Often times we focus on the product. The end result or the physical embodiment of an idea and not what it took to make that idea. Our thinking revolves around the periphery rather than enter the core of the product or its substance. What has made it. What makes an ideas is a series of contexts, realities, events, strategies, friendships, alliances, initiatives all over time coming together like a pot of soup.

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About afifa

dj. artist. creative director and co-founder of the SO((U))L HQ and DI Institute for Social Leadership. I make ritual spaces.

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