Marcus Garvey (archival), Beverly Hamilton, Sam Clayton, Vivian Durham, Professor Rupert Lewis
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"Marcus Garvey: A Giant of Black Politics" Review
A simple and straightforward 60-minute documentary, "Marcus Garvey: A Giant of Black Politics" is the far too unknown story of Marcus Garvey, an activist who spearheaded the "Back to Africa" movement and became a Jamaican folk hero and pioneer of the Black Nationalist movement.
Told largely through interviews with the likes of Beverly Hamilton, Sam Clayton and Professor Rupert Lewis, producer Mike Wallington's film is an ideal documentary for studying the civil rights era, black history and social action in America.
Garvey became such a powerful figure that his Universal Negro Improvement Association would eventually be infiltrated and pretty much destroyed by the FBI.
Featuring stellar music from Mystic Revelation of Rastafari, the film is a notch above other documentaries that largely rely on interviews and archives.
Garvey has long deserved a decent account of his life, and "Marcus Garvey: A Giant of Black Politics" largely gives him his due, though it certainly isn't a full accounting in the relatively short 60-minute running time.
© Written by Richard Propes
The Independent Critic