New Afrikan (Black) Nationalist Henry Turner McNeal February 1, 1834 – May 8, 1915 Emigrationist, Reparation Activist, Minister Transition on This Day - In 1893, Bishop Henry McNeal Turner organized a national convention to discuss the conditions of African-Americans and strategies for remedy. During the convention Bishop Turner, calculated that the African-American community was owed $49,000,000,000.00 (billion). Using an inflation calculator, the current value ranges from 1.1 to 45.9 trillion dollors !
Return to Afrika He thought it was the only way Blacks could make a free and independent lives for themselves. When he traveled to Africa, he was struck by the differences in the attitude of Africans who ruled themselves and had never known the degradation of slavery, He founded the International Migration Society, supported by his own newspapers: The Voice of Missions (he served as editor, 1893-1900) and later The Voice of the People (editor, 1901-4). He organized two ships with a total of 500 or more emigrants, who traveled to Liberia in 1895 and 1896.
Angered by the Democrats’ regaining power and instituting Jim Crow laws in the late 19th-century South, Turner began to support Black nationalism and the emigration of Blacks to Africa. He was the chief figure in the late 19th century to promote the movement, which expanded after World War I. Turner established himself as more than an observer: he became a distinctive and authoritative voice for the black community and a leader in the African Methodist Episcopal church. After Reconstruction failed, Turner became disillusioned with the American dream and became a vocal advocate of black emigration to Africa, prefiguring black nationalists such as Marcus Garvey and Malcolm X. Here, however, we see Turner’s youthful exuberance and optimism and his open-eyed wonder at the momentous changes taking place in American society. #henrymcnealturner #newafrikan77wordpress
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