Garvey was born in Jamaica and immigrated to Harlem in 1916 at the age of 28. In his homeland he had been an admirer of Booker T. Washington‘s philosophy of self-improvement for people of African descent and had formed the Jamaica Improvement Association. When he arrived in America his ideas expanded and he became a Black Nationalist. For him, Africa was the ancestral home and spiritual base for all people of African descent. His political goal was to take Africa back from European domination and build a free and United Black Africa. He advocated the Back-to-Africa Movement and organized a shipping company called the Black Star Line which was part of his program to conduct international trade between black Africans and the rest of the world in order to “uplift the race” and eventually return to Africa.
Garvey studied all of the literature he could find on African history…
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Oh, I’m going to get it now. But I don’t care; this needs to be said. I’m not even the first person to say it, and I’m certainly not saying it with my face on national television like others have. No, I have a point to make, and I’m going to make it while there is still some veil of anonymity shrouded over my identity. So far most of you only know my first name and home state, and there is no guarantee that either is even what I’ve said it is. Nevertheless, I stand by what I’m saying here today, and I hope that, rather than unleashing unnecessary anger, these words will help people to see how silly assigning a month as the official history of anything is.
Let’s begin with, appropriately, some history. Before there was a Black History Month there was Negro History Week. Started in 1926…
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I don’t have a great intro to this topic to grab your attention. I don’t have a crazy story. What I have is facts. The fact that mental illness is in the church and people act like it isn’t.
Mental illness is in the form of depression, anxiety. OCD, self harm, anorexia, bulimia. And it’s in the church.
I myself have suffered from depression and from self harm. You can read my blog on self harm here
Do I struggle from those issues because I don’t have faith? No! When I struggle with depression and self harm is usually when I reach out to God the most. Why? Because Christians don’t talk about this openly. I couldn’t turn to my friends.
It isn’t always because people don’t want to help its because people don’t know how to help and that’s ok. But we need to learn how to help.
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How Israel is turning Gaza into a super-max prison!
The National – 27 October 2014
It is astonishing that the reconstruction of Gaza, bombed into the Stone Age according to the explicit goals of an Israeli military doctrine known as “Dahiya”, has tentatively only just begun two months after the end of the fighting.
According to the United Nations, 100,000 homes have been destroyed or damaged, leaving 600,000 Palestinians – nearly one in three of Gaza’s population – homeless or in urgent need of humanitarian help.
Roads, schools and the electricity plant to power water and sewerage systems are in ruins. The cold and wet of winter are approaching. Aid agency Oxfam warns that at the current rate of progress it…
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