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Forging DiasporaAfro-Cubans and African Americans in a World of Empire and Jim Crow$
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Frank Andre Guridy

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780807833612

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807895979_guridy

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un Dios, Un Fin, Un Destino: Enacting Diaspora in the Garvey Movement

un Dios, Un Fin, Un Destino: Enacting Diaspora in the Garvey Movement

(p.61) Chapter Two un Dios, Un Fin, Un Destino: Enacting Diaspora in the Garvey Movement
Forging Diaspora

Frank Andre Guridy

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines the forging of diasporic relationships in the 1920s within the context of Marcus Garvey's Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA). It views the organization as a transcultural phenomenon, rather than analyzing the UNIA as simply an English-speaking, U.S.-based political movement that enabled Cuban and Anglophone African descendants to enact a diasporic commonality. The chapter notes that key to this process was the association's vibrant performance culture, which enhanced the ability of Garveyites to communicate across linguistic and cultural differences. It observes that while the U.S. intervention in Cuba in 1898 set the stage for greater interaction between Afro-Cubans and African Americans, the expansion of the U.S. presence in the Caribbean during the 1910s and 1920s, along with concomitant African American and Afro-Caribbean migration throughout the region, further accelerated this process.

Keywords:   diasporic relationships, Marcus Garvey, UNIA, Cuban, Anglophone African, Garveyites, Afro-Cubans, African Americans

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