Laura Adorkor Kofey research collection,
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Available - Can be used on site. Please visit New York Public Library - Schomburg Center to submit a request in person.
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- .2 lin. ft.
- The Richard Newman/Laura Adorkor Kofey Research collection consists of Newman's research notes and the manuscripts, in its various drafts, for his chapter on Kofey in his book, "Black Power and Black Religion : Essays and Reviews," (1987).
- Preservation of the Black Religious Heritage Project funded by the Lilly Endowment.
- Schomburg NEH Automated Access to Special Collections Project.
- Source (note)
- Richard Newman
- Biography (note)
- Laura Adorkor Kofey was an organizer for Marcus Garvey's Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) and founded the African Universal Church (AUC) in 1927.
- Processing Action (note)
- Call Number
- Sc MG 228
- Newman, Richard, 1930-
- Laura Adorkor Kofey research collection, 1926-1981.
- Laura Adorkor Kofey was an organizer for Marcus Garvey's Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) and founded the African Universal Church (AUC) in 1927. Born in Ghana, Kofey immigrated to the United States in the mid 1920's to encourage African Americans to migrate to Africa, at the request of her father, King Knesipi. Fraudulent charges levelled against Kofey by UNIA members during the time of Garvey's imprisonment caused Kofey to be denounced by that organization. She established the AUC, a rival group, which placed Garvey's ideology of black nationalism within a religious framework, stressing community advancement. In 1928 Kofey was shot and killed while addressing a group of her followers in Miami, and two members of the UNIA were accused of her murder. Kofey's followers continued to maintain the AUC and established branches in New York, Alabama and Georgia. In more recent years the number of AUC congregations has diminished.
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- Research Call Number
- Sc MG 228