Amy Ashwood-Garvey – Caribbean Catalyst for Change


Who was she?

Hailing from Port Antonio, Jamaica, she was an activist and Pan-Africanist

Best known as…

The first wife of Jamaica’s most prominent Black Nationalist and Pan-Africanist Marcus Garvey.

Why she was a Caribbean Catalyst for Change:

She ensured the female voice was represented in the black power struggle by opening a women’s section of the United Negro Improvement Association in 1914. She included discussions about gender into the fight for the rights of the African descended people.

She was instrumental in the opening of the London-Afro Women’s Centre and was a founding member of the Nigerian Progress Union and International African Service Bureau, among many other organisations across Africa.

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