(NNPA)—This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the United Negro Improvement Association by the Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey.  I believe it is important for all people, especially for 45 million Black Americans, to remember the leadership and legacy of Marcus Garvey.

At this time across America, in the Caribbean, and in Africa, Black people are facing both the prolonged realities of multiple inequalities and new opportunities to strive forward on a global scale. Our long struggle for freedom, justice and equality has had many different twists and turns.

Historically, we have always found ways not to permit the forces of oppression to break our spirit or determination to achieve liberation. During the last century, Black Americans have witnessed and supported the establishment of numerous local, national and international organizations.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was founded in 1909.  The National Urban League was established a year later. Garvey started the UNIA in 1914 to instill racial pride and economic self-sufficiency for Black people in America and throughout the Pan African world.  Garvey supported complete independence of Africa and the unity of African people internationally.

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