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date: 06 August 2020

Negro World.locked

  • Frank A. Salamone

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The weekly newspaper Negro World was the organ of Marcus Garvey's Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) and African Communities League. Garvey founded Negro World on 17 August 1918. Its New York City location gave it a prominent position from which to spread Garvey's message, and it continued to be published until 1933.

Garvey kept the cost to a nickel to encourage readership. He provided an editorial, poetry, and articles of African American interest. The newspaper attracted half a million readers per week at its height in 1925. Many colonial officials banned Negro World from their colonies, considering the paper dangerous. Thus with the help of seamen, Garvey turned to smuggling to get it into those places.

The paper attracted outstanding intellectuals and artists as its contributors. Some of the significant people who wrote for Negro World were Zora Neale Hurston, Duse Mohamed Ali, Amy Ashwood ...

A version of this article originally appeared in The Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the Present.

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