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Marcus Garvey was a Jamaican-born black nationalist who created a 'Back to Africa' movement in the United States. He became an inspirational figure for later civil rights activists. Marcus Garvey encouraged African people around the world to be proud of their race and to see beauty in their own kind. A central idea to Garveyism was that African people in every part of the world were one people and they would never advance if they did not put aside their cultural and ethnic differences and contrast. He led a movement that articulated a distinctively nationalist approach to African American identity and politics. This movement, which he founded, was called the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA). The Universal Negro Improvement Association is dedicated to racial pride, economic self-sufficiency, and the formation of an independent black nation in Africa. It is an educational, institutional, constructive, and expansive association that does its work to uplift the people of African Ancestry of the world. I think that what the Universal Negro Improvement Association stands for is relevant today. Just like during Garvey’s travels he believed that uniting the ‘blacks’ was the only way to improve conditions. If they just come together and fight with love, faith, and charity they can accomplish what is needed and would be blessed. Oppressing the weak will only lead to confusion and further turmoil. Present day there are still minority groups who are being taken advantage of and are in need of improve conditions. Following the guide like the UNIA, people can stand together and realize that they, as a group, could make a difference. An aspect of the UNIA movement that is not relevant today is that the UNIA they preached that everyone in humanity is equal. Looking back at old America, blacks and other minority groups were measured as not as evolved or intelligent as whites so they were considered not as equal. Overtime the meaning of equal rights has improved. Sure in other parts of the world there are some groups of people that are not deemed equal but I think that in most parts of the world everyone has equal human rights. Not social equality, but human equality has improved. I believe that because of the UNIA it has helped the movement of human equality improve over generations not just for blacks. Following the guide of Marcus Garvey definitely benefitted and shaped the world today.

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