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Marcus Garvey: Black History Photo Of The Day (PHOTO)

02/18/2013 12:32 pm ET | Updated Feb 18, 2013

A picture is certainly worth a thousand words. What better way to celebrate Black History Month than by taking a moment to acknowledge the snapshots of time that represent the struggle and triumph of African-Americans through the years?

As part of our Black History Month coverage, we will be featuring one photo a day that honors years of groundbreaking achievements within the black community. These photos bring tears to our eyes, instill pride in our hearts and motivate us to carry on the legacy of strength and perseverance.

Today's photo was taken in August 1922, showing Marcus Garvey in a military uniform as the "Provisional President of Africa" during a parade on the opening day of the annual Convention of the Negro Peoples of the World on Lenox Avenue in Harlem.

Garvey, a Jamaican born black nationalist, founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association and spoke around the country urging blacks to embrace their race and culture by returning to Africa, their ancestral homeland. In 1919, he founded the Black Star Line to provide transportation to the continent.

Ultimately, Garvey was arrested and later deported to Jamaica, but he remains known as the premier proponent of black pride and Pan-Africanism.

Take a look at the photo and share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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