Marcus Garvey and the performing arts (Pt. 2)
there were some 26 riots.”
Lewis said Garvey encouraged Una Marson in her writings, and his newspapers had reviews of contemporary artistic events and books. The Negro World, which lasted from 1918 - 1932, included many African-American writers, one being Zora Neale Hurston, and was “at the hub of the Harlem Renaissance”.
Mentioning Garvey’s love of ceramics, sculpture and the fine arts generally, Lewis wrapped up our talk with this comment: “For Garvey, the arts were the creative interface with his population. Basically, you’re seeking to change people’s conceptions of themselves and you can talk to them, but you also have to bring the performing arts to bear on [their] psyche ... . All the liberty halls had their own cultural activities.”
Professor Rupert Lewis with a Daily Gleaner advertisement for a Ward Theatre production by Marcus Garvey.