Call For Abstracts: Tony Martin

Dr. Tony Martin (1942-2013) is one of the most inspiring and important historians I have ever read.  I am editing a collection of critical responses to his over ten books.  All of his books must be read.  The call for abstracts is below, abstracts are due Thursday, March 15th to




TONY MARTIN (1942-2013) was professor of History at Wellesley College from 1973 to 2013.  He is the author or editor of at least ten books: Race First: The Ideological and Organizational Struggles of Marcus Garvey and the Universal Negro Improvement Association (1976); Marcus Garvey, Hero, A First Biography (1983); Literary Garveyism:  Garvey, Black Arts, and the Harlem Renaissance, (1983); The Poetical Works of Marcus Garvey (1983); Ed. by Tony Martin and Dessima Williams, In Nobody’s Backyard: The Grenada Revolution In Its Own Words (1983); Ed. by Amy Jacques Garvey The Philosophy and Opinion of Marcus Garvey, or, Africa for the Africans (1925, 1986); Ed. by Tony Martin, Message to the People: The Course of African Philosophy by Marcus Garvey (1937, 1986); The Pan African Connection: From Slavery to Garvey (1983); Ed. by Tony Martin, African Fundamentalism: A Literary and Cultural Anthology of Garvey’s Harlem Renaissance (1983, 1991); The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews, Volumes 1, 2, and 3 (co-contributor, 1991, 1994); The Jewish Onslaught: Dispatches From the Wellesley Battlefront (1993); Amy Ashwood Garvey: Pan-Africanism, Feminist and Mrs. Marcus Garvey No.1, Or A Tale of Two Amies (2007); and Caribbean History: From Pre-Colonial Origins to the Present (2012).

While Tony Martin did not claim to write “The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews” he did acknowledge contributing to it. 

Readers of Tony Martin are encouraged to submit abstracts about a work of Tony Martin, or works of Tony Martin, and its relevance to the present by March 15th.

Abstracts should include but not be limited to the following themes presented in the works written and edited by Tony Martin and The Majority Press: Caribbean history, the Grenadian revolution, The Majority Press, independent Black owned book printing presses like The Majority Press, Marcus Garvey, Garveyite Philosophy, Amy Ashwood Garvey, Amy Jacques Garvey, Women in the Garvey movement, Garveyism, the Garvey movement in Latin America, the Caribbean, Central and South America; Pan Africanism, Zionism, the Universal Negro Improvement Association (U.N.I.A.), Negro World newspaper, Black Man magazine, Blackman newspaper, Audrey Jeffers, Casper Holstein.

PROPOSED CONTRIBUTORS INCLUDE:  Acklyn Lynch, “The Best of Us Will Always Be Remembered: Personal Reflections on Tony Martin,”; Joshua Myers, “Tony Martin’s Black Thought,”; Rhone Fraser, “For the Guidance of Our Children and Ourselves: A Survey of Works by Tony Martin,”; April Shemak, an analysis of Merle Collins’s novel Angel in terms of Tony Martin’s “In Nobody’s Backyard”; Herbert Brewer, a discussion of Tony Martin in the context of Caribbean intellectuals.


Author: Dr. Rhone Fraser

Dr. Rhone Fraser is an independent writer and journalist born of Jamaican immigrants in Brooklyn, New York, on October 12, 1979. He moved to Florida in 1989 and graduated from Zephyrhills (FL) High School in 1997. He graduated from Yale University in 2001, after which time he taught in the public school systems in New Haven (CT) and the Bronx for three years. He then began writing independently and finished a documentary play on the life of Fannie Lou Hamer entitled, "Living Sacrifice," for which he still seeks publication. He earned his Ph.D. in African American Studies from Temple as of August 31, 2012. His dissertation was a literary and historical analysis of Pauline Hopkins, A. Philip Randolph and Paul Robeson. He also is a freelance editor and radio producer, and is currently producer of WPEB's Freedom Readers on 88.1 FM in Philadelphia.