Maybe I should start by saying that, Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr., ONH (17 August 1887 – 10 June 1940), was a Jamaican political leader, publisher, journalist, entrepreneur, and orator who was a staunch proponent of the Black Nationalism and Pan-Africanism movements, to which end he founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL). He founded the Black Star Line, which promoted the return of the African diaspora to their ancestral lands.
Prior to the 20th century, leaders such as Prince Hall, Martin Delany, Edward Wilmot Blyden, and Henry Highland Garnet advocated the involvement of the African diaspora in African affairs. Garvey was unique in advancing a Pan-African philosophy to inspire a global mass movement and economic empowerment focusing on Africa known as Garveyism. Promoted by the UNIA as a movement of African Redemption, Garveyism would eventually inspire others, ranging from the Nation of Islam to the Rastafari movement (some sects of which proclaim Garvey as a prophet). Garveyism intended persons of African ancestry in the diaspora to “redeem” the nations of Africa and for the European colonial powers to leave the continent.
His essential ideas about Africa were stated in an editorial in the Negro World entitled “African Fundamentalism”, where he wrote: “Our union must know no clime, boundary, or nationality… to let us hold together under all climes and in every country…”
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Maybe I should start by saying, that Josephine Baker (3 June 1906 – 12 April 1975) was an American-born French dancer, singer, and actress who came to be known in various circles as the “Black Pearl,” “Bronze Venus” and even the “Creole Goddess”. Born Freda Josephine McDonald in St. Louis, Missouri, Josephine Baker became a citizen of France in 1937. She was fluent in both English and French.
Baker was the first black woman to star in a major motion picture, Zouzou (1934), or to become a world-famous entertainer. Baker refused to perform for segregated audiences in the United States and is noted for her contributions to the Civil Rights Movement. In 1968 she was offered unofficial leadership in the movement in the United States by Coretta Scott King, following Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination. Baker turned down the offer. She was also known for assisting the French Resistance during World War II, and received the French military honor, the Croix de guerreand was made a Chevalier of the Légion d’honneur by General Charles de Gaulle.
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Maybe I should start by saying, that William Edward Burghardt “W. E. B.” Du Bois(pronounced /duːˈbɔɪz/ doo-boyz; February 23, 1868 – August 27, 1963) was an American sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, Pan-Africanist, author, and editor. Born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, Du Bois grew up in a relatively tolerant and integrated community.
After completing graduate work at the University of Berlin and Harvard, where he was the first African American to earn a doctorate, he became a professor of history, sociology and economics at Atlanta University. Du Bois was one of the co-founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1909.
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Maybe I should start by saying that Angela Yvonne Davis (born January 26, 1944) is an American political activist, scholar, and author. She emerged as a prominent counterculture activist and radical in the 1960s as a leader of the Communist Party USA, and had close relations with the Black Panther Party through her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement.
Her interests include prisoner rights; she founded Critical Resistance, an organization working to abolish the prison-industrial complex. She is a retired professor with the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a former director of the university’s Feminist Studies department.
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Maybe I should start by saying that 8 months ago I decided to go back to being pescetarian. I can honestly say that it is a decision that I am happy with and am glad that I have made this change in my lifestyle along with a host of other things that I have been changing or fine tuning. I’ve been slowly stocking up on food knowledge and cooking equipment and have learned so much during the past several months.
And with that being said, this post can turn into an over extended rant, but in trying to keep things short, some of the major factors that helped to inspire this change in my lifestyle include; having watched two documentaries titled “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead” and “Food Inc.“, having picked up the book “How to Cook Everything Vegetarian“, and having been extensively training and studying in different forms of Martial Arts.
I’ve come to learn so much about my body and how it is effected by what I do to it and what I put into it. My viewpoint on food and physical fitness have changed so much within the past year or so and I am extremely humbled to have been exposed to so much eye opening information.
Making the full transition back into being pescertarian was not an easy process, but being back into the full swing of things feels absolutely amazing and leaves me with no regrets. One of the only annoying things is the occasional, “I didn’t make it to the top of the food chain just to eat lettuce” lecture I get from ‘vegetarian hating meat-eaters‘ that I have to deal with every now and then. Other then that, I would highly endorse and recommend a pescetarian lifestyle to anyone, and definitely recommend that anyone, regardless of their dietary lifestyle choices, check out the two documentaries that I mentioned above. They have both forever changed the way I view food, health, and nutrition.
“When someone sees the same people everyday……they wind up becoming a part of that person’s life. And then they want the person to change. If someone isn’t what others want them to be, the others become angry. Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.” – The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho.