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Best of The Beat on Afropop: From Marcus to Marley–Prophecy and Reggae Music

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To enhance and expand upon one of the topics discussed by Dr. Clinton Hutton in his interview “Got to Go Back Home” for the Hip Deep program “State of Emergency, ” “Best of The Beat” presents a fascinating feature from 1985 on the influence and presence of Marcus Garvey in reggae lyrics and Rastafarian philosophy. It is the text of a lecture by Dr. Robert A. Hill, the preeminent Garvey historian and scholar, in which he addresses the theme of repatriation and the symbolism of the emblematic Black Star Liner for oppressed Jamaicans, who consider Marcus Garvey, their fellow Jamaican, to be a prophet of black liberation.

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