Race First | February 2022 Bookclub Selection

Happy Black History Month! As we continue to live everyday with intention, we look back to the greats who helped pave the path as we build the extravagance that is black history. This month’s book club read features an ancestor who guided our definition of Black nationalism, Marcus Garvey. In Tony Martin’s, Race First, readers explore the major features of Garvey’s ideological outlook, as they manifested themselves both in theories and practices that are still alive today.

Join the MahoganyBooks Bookclub featuring co-host Panama Jackson during the month of February as we read and discuss a core literature piece for Black History Month. We will meet to discuss the book at our Anacostia bookstore, located at 1231 Good Hope Rd, SE Washington, DC 20020 (inside of the Anacostia Arts Center).


About the Book

A classic study of the Garvey movement, this is the most thoroughly researched book on Garvey’s ideas by a historian of Black nationalism.

This book is based on the simple premise that no one could have organized and built up the largest black mass movement in Afro-American history, in the face of continuous onslaughts from communists on the left, black reactionaries on all sides, and the most powerful governments in the world, and yet be a buffoon or a clown, or even an overwhelmingly impractical visionary. 

Distortions are not new to Afro-American history, but one would be hard to find a major black figure who has suffered more at the hands of historians and commentators. This study attempts to treat Marcus Garvey and the Universal Improvement Association with the seriousness and respect which they deserve.

After a brief biographical introduction, the study examines the major features of Garvey’s ideological outlook, as they manifested themselves both in theory and practice.

“This book has the important element that is missing in most of the books and articles on Garvey – a political analysis of what the Garvey Movement was about.” (John Henrik Clarke, The Black Scholar


Discussion Day Info

We will meet to discuss the book at our Anacostia bookstore, located at 1231 Good Hope Rd, SE Washington, DC 20020 (inside of the Anacostia Arts Center).

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