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Foundation purchase, Phyllis C. Wattis Fund for Major Accessions
The print pays tribute to Marcus Garvey and his United Negro Improvement Agency [UNIA] which formed a critical link in black America's long struggle for freedom, justice, and equality. "Garveyism," evolved into a religion of success, inspiring millions of black people worldwide who sought relief from racism and colonialism. To strengthen his movement, Garvey created a shipping line, "The Black Star Line," which is referenced by the star-shaped photograph in the center of the print. Surrounded by rectangular blocks, in shimmering blue-grays and soft greens and soft lines reminiscent of rope twisted into a sailors knot, and a cage-like grid. Blocks of bright green, red, and silver velvet punctuate the composition printed on tan paper.