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Renowned Garvey scholar passes

Published:Wednesday | January 23, 2013 | 12:00 AM

THE LEGACY of Marcus Garvey and the Friends of Liberty Hall (Marcus Garvey) Foundation have said they are saddened by the passing of renowned Garvey scholar and Professor Emeritus of Africana Studies at Wellesley College, Massachusetts, Professor Tony Martin.

Professor Martin died on January 17.

He was known throughout the world as one of the most prolific scholars on Marcus Garvey and on African and Caribbean history.

Professor Martin authored, compiled and edited 14 books, including: Literary Garveyism: Garvey, Black Arts and the Harlem Renaissance (1983); The Pan-African Connection: From Slavery to Garvey and Beyond (1983); The Progress of the African Race Since Emancipation and Prospects for the Future (1998); and the classic study of the Garvey Movement, Race First: the Ideological and Organizational Struggles of Marcus Garvey and the Universal Negro Improvement Association (1976).

Professor Martin also published Amy Ashwood Garvey, Pan-Africanist, Feminist and Mrs Marcus Garvey No. 1 or, A Tale of Two Amies (2007).


In addition, he has contributed articles to several journals and encyclopedias including: Journal of Negro History; Black Books Bulletin; Jamaica Journal; UNESCO General History of the Caribbean; the Encyclopedia of African American Business History; and Black Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia.

Professor Martin has been a continuous supporter of the growth and expansion of Liberty Hall and has donated copies of his publications to the Garvey Research/Reference Library at Liberty Hall.

In August 2012, he celebrated the 125th anniversary of the birth of Marcus Garvey by delivering the 3rd annual Marcus Mosiah Garvey Lecture, 'If Garvey Dies, Garvey Lives'. He also launched his latest work, Caribbean History: From Pre-Colonial Origins to the Present (2012).

A Trinidadian by birth, Martin taught at Wellesley College, Massachusetts, in the United States from 1973 until 2007.

Dr Donna McFarlane, director and curator of Liberty Hall and Professor Rupert Lewis, Garvey scholar and chairman of the Friends of Liberty Hall, will attend the funeral in Trinidad on January 25th.