Up you mighty people.

Author:Garvey, Julius W.
Position:Address by Julius Garvey - Speech

The following appeared online on August 19, 2016 at 1:42 pm freely supplied by The Emancipation Support Committee of Trinidad & Tobago, an address in July of 2015 by the NY-based cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon son of Marcus Garvey, presented here for greater public notice.

My father's aim was to create a world in which Africans could live with self-respect which was sustainable and which while meeting the human needs, did not degrade nature, which was our source. This was a very African vision, based on our original understanding of right order--Ma'at that's in the original civilization of Africa, present from the first time, which was called "Zep Tepi" by our ancestors. This was a normal vision, based on values that put humans first, and was not dependent on the logic of intellectual assumption, materialistic ideologies, or the logic of industrial capitalism.

Of course, before we speak of a vision, we need information and that information of our history and the present situation had to be unbiased. As Marcus Garvey said, "A people without a knowledge of their history and culture is like a tree without roots". If the info is missing, incomplete or distorted, then the model that is designed to implement the vision will be wrong. And the implementation will be misdirected and the process will miss the goal of the vision.

Marcus Garvey in 1910 travelled throughout central and South America seeking information about the condition of the lives of Africans in the diaspora. From 1912-14 he travelled throughout England and Europe to study and understand the European and Colonial powers at home. He also learned about Africans on the continent from Duse Muhammed Ali who was an Egyptian living in England and had a monthly magazine--the African Times and Orient Review. He met many African students, sailors who travelled to African from English ports and he read voraciously.

With this info, he concluded that African civilization had been destroyed by European and Arab invasions and that it needed to be reconstituted. On his way back to Jamaica he also read "Up from slavery," by Booker T. Washington and this helped to ignite his imagination. While aboard ship, it came to him, lying on his back, that it was his job to inspire Africans to redeem Africa. He had his moment, when he met his Creator and he was told what he had to do. Africa for the Africans, those at home, and those abroad. Shortly after landing in Kingston Jamaica, July 1914, he formed the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League.

During his lifetime he defined Pan Africanism and led the largest mass movement outside the continent of Africa. At its height, the organization had a membership variously estimated at between 6 million and 11 million, with 1200 division in 40 countries from Africa to Zambia. The organizations paper--the Negro World, was the largest Negro weekly in the United States. And was published continuously from 1918-1933. It was printed in 3 languages--English, Spanish and French. Even though banned in many colonial territories, it penetrated them all. From Kenya in the East, to South...

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