How Did Marcus Garvey Influence Society

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Garvey was mainly self-taught, dropping out of school at the age of 14. He had learned to read using his father’s vast collection of books. Garvey was heavily influenced by his father, Marcus Garvey, Sr. He described him once as "...severe, firm, determined, bold, and strong, refusing to yield even to superior forces if he believed he was right." After leaving school, he served as an apprentice for a printer where he learned the skills of a compositor. Later in his apprentice, he lead a strike for a higher salary. Participating in this strike played an important role in his political interests later in life. Following his apprenticeship, he moved to Kingston and participated in debates and elocution contests.

At the age of 23, Garvey left
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Millions of blacks world-wide were inspired to become successful and stop racial deprivation. By 1920, the UNIA had hundreds of chapters all around the world. They hosted international conventions and created a widely spread newspaper, called the Negro World. With the help of UNIA, Garvey launched the steamship company Black Star Line. The steamship was used to promote trade and commercial activities between black all around the world. However, Garvey was robbed of his money by overcharging-engineers and this began the decline of The Black Star Line. F.B.I. director, J. Edgar Hoover felt threatened by this, he believed this would cause blacks to stand up in rebellion. So he began a plan to ruin Garvey. Hoover spent years trying to find incriminating personal information on him, he even hired the first black F.B.I. agent to spy on him. After hiring more spies, they sabotaged The Black Star Line by damaging its engines. Unfortunately, Hoover was able to find evidence that suggested Garvey was guilty of mail fraud. On June 23, 1923 he was sentenced to five years in prison but only served four years. He was deported back to Jamaica in 1927, where he continued his work in the UNIA. He moved to London in 1935 to try to revive his political career and status. He collaborated with Senator Theodore Bilbo of Mississippi, an open segregationist and white supremacist. Together they
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