Marcus Garvey, a Jamaican native, in 1917 founded the largest Pan-African movement in history, in Harlem New York; the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA).Through the Garvey movement and the UNIA, his vision was to open black peoples third eye on the fact that their history was built from greatness and not slavery; to let the people know that our ancestors were the first kings and queens from Africa with their own Churches, Schools, Communities and Economy.

Personally speaking, I’m floored, that one of the most influential man in black history, who was regarded as ‘The Negro Moses’ during his time, who had a following of over 2 million members in New York + millions more world, who inspired the likes of Malcolm X is rarely spoken of.

In honor of the Honorable Marcus Garvey and his quest for black pride and Afro empowerment, I’ve listed some of his most uplifting quotes.

  1. If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence, you have won even before you have started.
  2. A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.
  3. Liberate the minds of men and ultimately you will liberate the bodies of men.
  4. If the Negro is not careful he will drink in all the poison of modern civilization and die from the effects of it.
  5. The Black skin is not a badge of shame, but rather a glorious symbol of national greatness.
  6. You can shackle the hands of men, you can shackle the feet of men, you can imprison the body of men, but you cannot shackle or imprison the minds of men.
  7. There is no height of which you cannot climb without the active intelligence of your mind.
  8. Progress is the attraction that moves humanity.
  9. There is no future for our people who denies the past.
  10. Always think yourself a perfect being and be satisfied with yourself.