Necessary Blackness Ep. 48 Marcus Garvey vs A. Philip Randolph


In this episode of Necessary Blackness Podcast, we celebrate the work and legacy of Marcus Garvey. We explore the longstanding disagreement in ideologies of Marcus Garvey the Pan-Afrikanist vs A. Phillip Randolph the Socialist.

W. E. B. Du Bois, and A. Philip Randolph and several other leaders were quite critical of Garvey, whose objectives they found unrealistic, ridiculous, and full of pageantry. They believed he was a fraud and organized the “Garvey Must Go” campaign. However, Marcus Garvey rise to prominence and organizational skills is what made these two men jealous. Garvey was the only leader to lead the biggest movement in Black America’s history.

Garvey was not one to take any attack lightly, he called W.E.B. Dubois, a “lazy, dependent mulatto” and his criticism of A. Philip Randolph was not kinder.

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