Through his work Garvey showed that he is an intellectual of a new type, one whose efforts embodied the aspirations of millions of colonial peoples. He was no bookish academic. For him knowledge had to be pursued in order to assist in the process of liberation from racism and colonialism. His intellectual capabilities are evident in his speeches and writings which were a form of communion between himself and his people and were characterised by a profound knowledge of the circumstances under which they lived, of the historical reasons which accounted for their condition and certainty that they would overcome these conditions through their own efforts. He articulated ideas about self reliance, about relationship between oppressed peoples throughout the world regardless of colour, about the relationship between the working class movement in Europe and the colonial peoples, about the Russian Revolution and the anti-colonial movement, about the condition of Blacks as an international problem, and he put forward ideas which are central to the process of decolonialization. This formidable agenda required required great self-confidence and foresight at a time when it seemed that it was impossible to break out of the apparently inpenetrable colonial fortress in which so many millions of non-white people had been trapped, a structure of the servitude they had been forced into erecting.