Like many Black organizations, women were the backbone of Marcus Garvey's United Negro Improvement Association (UNIA).
Also like many Black organizations, despite their contributions the UNIA was rife with patriarchal ideas that silenced women, pushing them to the footnotes of history.
Laura Adorkor Kofi migrated from Ghana with a vision to help unify Black people to their ancestral homeland. After accepting a National Field Director role at the UNIA, Kofi's passionate speeches encouraging repatriation increased the organization's memberships by the thousands.
Garvey grew jealous of Kofi's popularity, however, and publicly defamed her – ultimately leading to her assassination. And she wasn't the only one who sexism tried to stop.
The Women of the UNIA carried the organization, and they cannot be erased from history. Black liberation isn't reserved for only some of us. We must value ALL Black people in the liberation struggle!