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Expression of interest in the form of a proposed title and short abstract:  May 1, 2022

Abstracts, full papers, and author’s bio: August 31, 2022


A central tenet of Marcus Garvey’s movement was the postulation that the “most defensive weapon within reach of the Negro is the practice of race first in all parts of the world”. For Garvey, only a black separatist approach that empowered Blacks to become self-reliant in all spheres of their lives would prevent them from being exploited by other racial groups. In recent years, contemporary movements have taken a dissimilar position by centering their discourse on racial and ethnic inequities and inequalities around systemic and structural racism.

In 1969 the Rainbow Coalition was founded to draw “attention to police brutality, premeditated gentrification, and instituted racism in Chicago by creating alliances to engage in the protracted class struggle”. The Rainbow PUSH Coalition (merger of Rainbow Coalition and Operation Push) was founded in 1996 to “protect, defend, and gain civil rights by leveling the economic and educational playing field and to promote peace and justice around the world”. Black Lives Matter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. The mission of the organization is “to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes”.

This call, therefore, invites scholars, researchers, and writers from across the African Diaspora, both inside and outside academia, to provide insightful dialogue on the theme, Race First: Resistance and its limitation. We welcome papers on one of the two areas of interest:

(1) The effectiveness of Garvey’s Race First ideology; its relevance then and now

(2) Past or existing models, programmes, or movements that hold Garvey’s Race First  ideology as their central tenet

We are also open to receiving manuscripts on the general theme of the journal.

In addition, we welcome biographical notes on Garveyites, articles, book reviews, reviews of Afro-themed exhibitions, and literary texts related to the study of Garvey, Pan-Africanism and the history, culture, and current affairs of Africa and the Diaspora. Submissions must include an abstract and a 100 word biographic note. Queries and submissions should be made electronically to the Editor at 76kingstreetjournal@gmail.com. All submissions are peer-reviewed.