Published on Oct 10, 2015
Marcus Garvey and his organization, the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), represent the largest mass movement in African-American history. Proclaiming a black nationalist “Back to Africa” message, Garvey and the UNIA established 700 branches in thirty-eight states by the early 1920s. While chapters existed in the larger urban areas such as New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, Garvey’s message reached into small towns across the country as well. Later groups such as Father Divine’s Universal Peace Mission Movement and the Nation of Islam drew members and philosophy from Garvey’s organization, and the UNIA’s appeal and influence were felt not only in America but in Canada, the Caribbean, and throughout Africa.