The Black Man. A Monthly Magazine of Negro Thought and Opinion.
The Last Issue
Rare Final Issue of Marcus Garvey’s The Black Man, begun in 1933, ending with this issue in June, 1939, one year before his death. While claiming to be a monthly, The Black Man was issued irregularly from its inception until its cease: “Garvey apparently had great difficulty in raising funds for the publication of the Black Man, as its irregularity and his frequent appeals for financial support indicate.” [Cronon p159]
The issue carried the identifying characteristics of the magazine; a pointed or inspirational poem by Garvey on the front wrap (in this example urging all blacks to leave the West and to find their place: “Round and round the Negroes goes, / Looking for a place of rest”); an editorial section, and Garvey’s “regular letters to the Negro race” where Garvey often gave his unvarnished views of the past and future of all blacks or promoted his Universal Negro Improvement Association. Here, Garvey’s final editorial is entitled a “United Wish” —a pan-Nationalist plea for American blacks and West Indians to lead the Back to Africa movement; “Africa, as everybody knows, holds the great hope for Negro freedom and expansion.”
Other articles or editorials discuss Jewish refugees in British Guiana; a claim that a Senate bill had been introduced to carry forth the ideals of Garvey’s U.N.I.A., (Southern bigot, Senator Bilbo’s 1939 Negro Repatriation Bill), as part of Garvey’s strong belief in a Back to Africa movement; riots in Jamaica; urgings to resist Nazi influence in African colonies; women traders in West Africa; a claim of a plot by American fascists to use the “Negro Race Issue” to overthrow the government, and so forth.
In the last years of his life —what Cronin referred to as Garvey’s “Days of Decline”— this final issue represents one of the last tangible outputs, a terminus point of Garvey’s many years prolific print culture production.
Description: The Black Man. A Monthly Magazine of Negro Thought and Opinion.
[London: Vail & Co., Ltd.] The Black Man Publishing Co. Vol IV, No. 1. June 1939. pp. Quarto, printed wrappers, stapled binding. A few scattered light creases; one small short tear; about near fine.
Ref. Cronon, Black Moses (Wisconsin, 1966).