Mar­cus Gar­vey and the per­form­ing arts (Pt. 2)

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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.

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