Zulu Nation Marcus Garvey Jacket

Description (Brief)
This fabric jacket with leather trim on shoulders, collar, and front of jacket, features depictions of Marcus Garvey, founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) and African Communities League (ACL). The inner lining is quilted and depicts characters from the television show “Star Trek.” There is a red, black, and green patch with the text “Zulu Nation” on the back of the jacket. This jacket was created to commemorate the Centennial of Marcus Mosiah Garvey (1887-1940) and available through the Universal Zulu Nation company created by hip hop artist Afrika Bambaata (b. 1957).
Afrika Bambaata (born Kevin Donovan), an American DJ from the Bronx, was influential in the early development of hip hop and is regarded as the “Godfather” of hip hop culture. He has been instrumental in spreading hip hop music and culture around the world, as well as creating opportunities and helping to improve the lives of others in the hip hop community through his organization "Universal Zulu Nation." In 1990, Bambaataa made Life magazine's "Most Important Americans of the 20th Century" issue.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Garvey, Marcus
Physical Description
fabric (overall material)
leather (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 53 in x 28 in x 4 in; 134.62 cm x 71.12 cm x 10.16 cm
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Culture and the Arts: Entertainment
Cultures & Communities
Music & Musical Instruments
Clothing & Accessories
Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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