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Biography Part 11 - Marcus Garvey's Influence on Rastafarianism

Marcus Garvey unintentionally played a key role in shaping the Rastafarian religion although he was a Roman Catholic himself and never identified himself with the Rastafarian faith. Garvey's proclamation of "Look to Africa, when a black king shall be crowned for the day of deliverance is at hand!" has been interpreted by many Rastafarians as a prophecy that King Haile Selassie I would be crowned and would lead black people around the world back to Africa. Rastafarians consider Garvey to be a John the Baptist figure in the religion, some even believing that Garvey was a reincarnation of John the Baptist.

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