Dr. Tony Martin, former Professor Emeritus at Wellesley College, passed away, January 17th 2013 in Trinidad & Tobago at West Shore Medical Hospital. He was buried there eight days later.
Trinidadian-born Dr. Martin was founder and chair of the Africana Studies Department at Wellesley College. He also thought at the University of Michigan-Flint, the Cipriani Labour College (Trinidad), and St. Mary’s College (Trinidad). He has been a visiting professor at the University of Minnesota, Brandeis University, Brown University, and The Colorado College and also spent a year as an honorary research fellow at the University of the West Indies, Trinidad.
Professor Martin wrote, compiled or edited 14 books including Caribbean History: From Pre-Colonial Origins to the Present (2012) published by Pearson Education; Amy Ashwood Garvey: Pan-Africanist, Feminist and Mrs. Marcus Garvey No. 1, Or, A Tale of Two Amies (2007), Literary Garveyism: Garvey, Black Arts and the Harlem Renaissance (1983), and the classic study of the Garvey Movement, Race First: the Ideological and Organizational Struggles of Marcus Garvey and the Universal Negro Improvement Association (1976).
The 1976 publication is regarded as a source work to students, scholars and individuals in search of knowledge about Jamaica’s first national hero.
He also penned “Marcus Garvey, Hero: A First Biography,” “Message to the People: The Course of African Philosophy,” “The Philosophy and Opinions of Marcus Garvey,” “African Fundamentalism: A Literary and Cultural Anthology of Garvey’s Harlem Renaissance,” “The Poetical Works of Marcus Garvey,” and “The Pan- African Connection: From Slavery to Garvey and Beyond.”
Last year Dr. Martin marked the 125th anniversary of Garvey’s birth by visiting and speaking at Liberty Hall, the Jamaican venue which honors Garvey’s legacy and prophesies with a statue, books and regular seminars.
Tony Martin Speaks on Marcus Garvey pt.1
Professor Tony Martin- The Jewish Onslaught pt 2 of 4