Marcus Garvey

Marcus Garvey

Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr. (17 August 1887 – 10 June 1940 was a Jamaican political leader, publisher, journalist, entrepreneur, and orator who was a proponent of the Pan-Africanism movement, to which end he founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL).

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A people without the knowledge of their past, history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.

Progress is the attraction that moves humanity.

Africa for the Africans... at home and abroad!

Our success, educationally, industrially and politically, is based upon the protection of a nation founded by ourselves. And the nation can be nowhere else but in Africa.

Chance has never yet satisfied the hope of a suffering people.

Look for me in the whirlwind or the storm.

I have no desire to take all black people back to Africa, there are blacks who are no good here and will likewise be no good there.

I know no national boundary where the Negro is concerned. The whole world is my province until Africa is free.

There shall be no solution to this race problem until you yourselves strike the blow for liberty.

Men who are in earnest are not afraid of consequences.

If you have no confidence in self you are twice defeated in the race of life.

The Black skin is not a badge of shame but rather a glorious symbol of national greatness.

The whole world is run on bluff.

Look to Africa for there a king will be crowned.

There is no force like success and that is why the individual makes all effort to surround himself throughout life with the evidence of it, as of the individual so should it be of the nation.

Up you mighty race accomplish what you will.

Liberate the minds of men and ultimately you will liberate the bodies of men.

Whatsoever things common to man that man has done man can do.

You may call me a Klansman if you will but potentially every white man is a Klansman as far as the Negro in competition with whites socially economically and politically is concerned and there is no use lying.

God and Nature first made us what we are and then out of our own created genius we make ourselves what we want to be. Follow always that great law. Let the sky and God be our limit and Eternity our measurement.

I like honesty and fair play.

I regard the Klan the Anglo-Saxon clubs and White American societies as far as the Negro is concerned as better friends of the race than all other groups of hypocritical whites put together.

With confidence you have won before you have started.

A reading man and woman is a ready man and woman but a writing man and woman is exact.