MARCUS GARVEY MEMORIAL FOUNDATION
WHO WE ARE
The Marcus Garvey Memorial Foundation, Inc., founded in New York City in 1960, is a nonprofit organization whose work is informed by the educational philosophy and ideals of Marcus Mosiah Garvey. Garvey was the founder and leader of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), the largest organized mass movement in Black American history. At its peak, the UNIA also had an unprecedented international presence, with members in over fifty countries in North America, Central America, the Caribbean, South America, Europe, and Africa.
WHAT WE DO
Education has been foremost on the agenda of the Marcus Garvey Memorial Foundation since its beginning in 1961. During the early years, individual members gave generously of their capital and human resources to aid students from Africa and of the diaspora in getting a higher education in the United States. Members of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) and African Communities League (ACL) played crucial roles aiding these students in getting visas, paying tuition and application fees, and often providing free housing (including daily home-cooked meals). This kind of educational support has been at the heart of the Marcus Garvey Foundation's work for more than five decades. Alongside this, the Foundation has developed curricula for public school systems, organized and participated in scholarly symposia, and published books about Marcus Garvey, the UNIA-ACL, and a wide array of social-political movements of the African diaspora.
“All the knowledge you want is in the world, and all that you have to do is to go seeking it and never stop until you have found it.”