The idea of the Marcus Garvey Cubs was born of necessity. As a parent of two young Black children, I wanted to find more products that could both strengthen their intellectual development and give them a sense of their history and culture. Research has shown that, when it comes to early intellectual development (concentration, memory, vocabulary, creativity, etc.), there is nothing more effective for a child than listening to stories and allowing his or her mind to create its own pictures, scenes and action. The second point on history and culture is just as important. I believe that through early exposure to their history and culture, Black children will quickly recognize their own potential to build and shape a safe, prosperous and beautiful world for themselves and their people. I could think of no single person whose philosophy addressed these aims better than those of the Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey. So I created nine young characters from all over the African world and set them out, as the Garvey Cubs, to continue the work of that great lion – Marcus Garvey. I didn’t start this project with the intention of writing and recording 100 stories – especially recordings with hundreds of character voice-overs! However, there were so many African Ancestors that I wanted to honor, and so many circumstances calling out for the Garvey Cubs to express Black solidarity, traditional African ethics, individual courage and group love – that I was forced to follow their spirit and keep on writing!
I hope you find this series to be a useful tool for your child’s development and, by extension, the development and future empowerment of the race. As Black parents, it’s all in our hands!
About the Marcus Garvey Cubs
The Marcus Garvey Cubs and their African Time Travel Machine travel through time and space to visit Africans everywhere, in every era. And they have one BIG advantage when they travel back in time – they take their modern technology with them! No one knows what adventures the Garvey Cubs will encounter next! Can they help the Lozi princess dance well at her 12th birthday celebration?? Will they stop the Portuguese slave raiders from kidnapping Africans near Mozambique Island? How can they help catch the thieves who have been stealing from the market in Old Trinidad? Are their computers as smart as the brains of the African pyramid builders of Ancient Kemet? Can they use their minds to out-smart old Jim Crow? Or can they help a dozen six-year old West African girls win the Ife Beautiful Hair Contest? What in the world are they doing in Ancient Greece? Jump in and find out!
CREDITS: Solo Drumming by the group Ten Blocks Ahead; and royalty-free background music by Kevin MacLeod.
"The average story is between 15 and 20 minutes. We have intentionally made them a little longer than our children are used to. Our children are of the "video game" and "rapid action" generation, so chances are, their minds may drift when first listening to a long story (especially younger ones). Don't be discouraged! Be patient and use techniques like:
- Stopping the story part way (before attention wanes) and discussing what they heard or liked or predict will come next, then continue; or
- Having them listen 30 minutes before bedtime, and tell them they can stay up a few minutes longer to talk about the story (children love excuses for delaying bedtime!) Mainly, be patient. It won't take long for their minds to strengthen to a higher level of concentration.
"You will find the results are worth it!"