The Wise Teachings of Marcus Garvey
Edited by Jahdey
What you do to-day that is worthwhile, inspires others to act at some future time.
On National Pride
There is nothing in the world common to man, that man cannot do.
Be as proud of your race today as our fathers were in days of yore. We have beautiful history, and we shall create another in the future that will astonish the world.
So many of us find excuses to get out of the Negro Race, because we are led to believe that the race is unworthy that it has not accomplished anything. Cowards that we are! It is we who are unworthy, because we are not contributing to the uplift and upbuilding of this noble race.
The ends you serve that are selfish will take you no further than yourself; but the ends you serve that are for all, in common, will take you even into eternity.
EDUCATION is the medium by which a people are prepared for the creation of their own particular civilization, and the advancement and glory of their own race.
The masses make the nation and the race. If the masses are illiterate, that is the judgement passed on the race by those who are critical of its existence.
On Industry and Political Freedom
Every student of Political Science, every student of Economics knows, that the race can only be saved through a solid industrial foundation. That the race can only be saved through political independence. Take away industry from a race; take away political freedom from a race, and you have a group of slaves.
For over three hundred years the white man has been our oppressor, and he naturally is not going to liberate us to the higher freedom the truer liberty the truer Democracy. We have to liberate ourselves.
On The Future Of African People
Let us prepare TODAY. For the TOMORROWS in the lives of the nations will be so eventful that Negroes everywhere will be called upon to play their part in the survival of the fittest human group.
The evolutionary scale that weights nations and races, balances alike for peoples; hence we feel sure that some day the balance will register a change for the Negro.
The world ought to know that it could not keep 400,000,000 Negroes down forever. There is always a turning poing in the destiny of every race, every nation, of all peoples, and we have come now to the turning point of Negro, where we have changed from the old cringing weakling, and transfromed into full-grown men, demanding our portion as MEN.
On Power, Authority and Self-Determination
A race without authority and power, is a race without respect.
The only protection against INJUSTICE in man is POWER; Physical, financial and scientific.
Men who are in earnest are not afraid of consequences.
CHANCE has never yet satisfied the hope of a suffering people. Action, self-reliance, the vision of self and the future have been the only means by which the oppressed have seen and realised the light of their own freedom.
Any sane man, race or nation that desires freedom must first of all think in terms of blood. Why even the Heavenly Father tells us that “without the shedding of blood there can be no remission of sins.” Then how in the name of God, with history before us, do we expect to redeem Africa without preparing ourselves, some of us to die.
LEADERSHIP mean everything PAIN, BLOOD, DEATH.
On African Redemption
Let Africa be our guiding Star, OUR STAR OF DESTINY.
How dare anyone tell us that Africa cannot be redeemed, when we have 400,000,000 men and women with warm blood coursing through their veins? The power that holds Africa is not Divine. The power that holds Africa is human, and it is recognized that whatsoever man has done, man can do.
All of us may not live to see the higher accomplishment of an African Empire so strong and powerful, as to compel the respect of mankind, but we in our life-time can so work and act as to make the dream a possibility within another generation.
Wake up Ethiopia! Wake up Africa! Let us work towards the one glorious end of a free, redeemed and mighty nation. Let Africa be a bright star among the constellation of nations.
No one knows when the hour of Africa’s Redemption cometh. It is in the wind. It is coming. One day, like a storm, it will be here. When that day comes all Africa will stand together.