About Us

The Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey established the UNIA ACL on July 20, 1914 in Kingston, Jamaica.

Established since 1914

Hon. Marcus Mosiah Garvey established the UNIA ACL on Monday, July 20, 1914 in Kingston, Jamaica. Mr. Garvey built a mass organization that went beyond mere civil-rights agitation and protest and based itself upon a definitive, well-thought-out program that would lead to the total emancipation of the Black race from foreign dominion.

History of Name

Origin Of Organization Name

Where did the name of the organization come from? It was while speaking to a West Indian Negro who was a passenger with me from Southampton, who was returning home to the West Indies from Basutoland (prsent day Lesotho) with his  Basuto wife, I further learned of the horrors of native life in Africa. He related to me in conversation such horrible and pitiable tales that my heart bled within me. Retiring from the conversation to my cabin, all day and the following night I pondered over the subject matter of that conversation, and at midnight, lying flat on my back, the vision and thought came to me that I should name the organization the Universal Negro Improvement (Conservation) Association and African Communities (Imperial) League. Such a name I thought would embrace the purpose of all Black humanity. Thus to the world a name was born, a movement created, and a man became known.

HEAD QUARTERS 

The International Headquarters of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African communities League is located at: 1609-11 Cecil B. Moore Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19121, with Hon. Michael R. Duncan as Administrator and President General.

The Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities’ League is a social, friendly, humanitarian, charitable, educational, institutional, constructive and expansive society, and is founded by persons desiring to the utmost to work for the general uplift of the Negro peoples of the world. And the members
pledge themselves to do all in their power to conserve the rights of their noble race and to respect the rights of all mankind, believing always in the Brotherhood of Man and the Fatherhood of God. The motto of the organization is “One God! One Aim! One Destiny!” Therefore, let justice be done toall mankind, realizing that if the strong oppresses the weak, confusion and discontent will ever mark the path of man but with love, faith and charitytowards all the reign of peace and plenty will be heralded into the world and
the generations of men shall be called Blessed.

What We Believe 

The Universal Negro improvement Association advocates the unity and blending of all Negroes into one strong, healthy race.

Productivity

There is an intimate relationship between the means of production and the character of a people & the nature of economic relationships.

Proud

It believes that the Negro race is as good as any other, and therefore should be as proud of itself as others are.

Purity

It believes in the purity of the Negro race and the purity of the other races.

Self Reliant Economics

After a people have successfully established a firm industrial foundation, they naturally turn to politics and society, but not first to society and politics, because the two latter cannot exist without the former.

Black Women

Black Queen of beauty, thou hast given color to the world. Among other women thou art the most royal and noble.

Brotherhood

It believes in the spiritual Motherhood and Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of
Man.

Our Executive Board

President General

President General

Hon. Michael R. Duncan relaxing in Liberia

Bro. Raymond Dugué

Bro. Raymond Dugué

2nd Assistant President General on the Nile River in Kemet (2020)

Sis. Basiymah Muhammad Bey

Sis. Basiymah Muhammad Bey

4th Assistant President General

Sis. Brenda Amoakon

Sis. Brenda Amoakon

Secretary General with the President General

Sis. Delali Osun Haligah

Sis. Delali Osun Haligah

Minister of Arts and Culture

Sis. Rosemarie James

Sis. Rosemarie James

High Commissioner General in Africa

Bro. Khabyr Hadas

Bro. Khabyr Hadas

District 2 Commissioner

The President Generals

Hon. Marcus Mosiah Garvey

Hon. Marcus Mosiah Garvey

1914 - 1940

James R. Stewart

James R. Stewart

1940 – 1953

William L. Sherrill

William L. Sherrill

1953 – 1957

Thomas W. Harvey

Thomas W. Harvey

1957 – 1978

Charles L. James

Charles L. James

1978 – 1989

Reginald Maddox

Reginald Maddox

1989 – 1992

Marcus Garvey Jr.

Marcus Garvey Jr.

1992 – 2004

Redman Battle

Redman Battle

2004 - 2007

Mwalimu Edward Gee

Mwalimu Edward Gee

2007 – 2008

Hon. Michael R. Duncan

Hon. Michael R. Duncan

2016 – Present

Let’s Work Together