Today in history… Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr. was born today, August 17th, 1887, in St. Ann’s Bay, Jamaica.
While I’m certainly not holding my breath for a biopic on the life of the controversial entrepreneur, Black Nationalist, Pan-Africanist, and powerful orator, I will, however, share the below 2 1/2 hour PBS documentary on Garvey, titled Marcus Garvey: Look For Me In The Whirlwind, directed by Stanley Nelson, which aired in 2000, and is currently on DVD.
A disclaimer: The film is not without its critics, who lambaste it for its factual inaccuracies and omissions. For example, READ THIS exhaustive critique of the film by, none-other-than, Garvey’s son, Dr Julius W. Garvey.
However, I believe it’s still the most comprehensive video documentation available on the man, his life and legacy. Of course, supplementing your viewing of the documentary with the written word is always encouraged.
Watch the entire documentary, Marcus Garvey: Look For Me In The Whirlwind, below: