By Jim Haskins, Eleanora E. Tate, Clinton Cox, Brenda Wilkinson
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1 Shortly after his return to Jamaica, Garvey met a young woman named Amy Ashwood at a debating society event. She shared his views, and the two founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) and African Communities League. They saw these organizations as vehicles for racial uplift and for the establishment of educational and industrial opportunities for blacks, but they also saw them as a way for ordinary blacks to feel like somebody. Unfortunately, they did not inspire ordinary Jamaicans.
Other black leaders were embarrassed by what they regarded as his buffoonery, by his posturing in military regalia. Those who were working to achieve integration believed that his talk of black separatism only impeded what little progress blacks had been making toward equality of opportunity. Most whites regarded Garvey’s movement with amusement. Some of the most racist applauded his separatist views. Government ofﬁcials in the United States, the Caribbean, and Great Britain believed his activities threatened their national security.
This film about white exploitation of black labor was so potentially explosive that both black and white church leaders in Chicago tried to cancel its showing, fearing that it would reignite the race riots that had recently plagued that city. Far from being worried about the controversy, Micheaux saw its potential for publicity. He drummed up attention in other cities by referring to the controversy and by advertising the “complete version” of the ﬁlm. Middle-class blacks did not support Micheaux, because they felt that he should have done more to uplift the race.