Hon. Marcus Mosiah Garvey 

​Jamaican born national hero, Hon. Marcus Mosiah Garvey is one of the greatest human beings to have ever lived. He founded  the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League and the Black Star Line ship. A ship that is aimed at the return of African back to the homeland.

His Pan-African philosophy and ideals inspired Africans​ everywhere and created a global movement called Garveyism; a proud member of a movement, I joined my second year in college. His movement can be seen in primary schools all the way to the Rastafarian belief system. 

Here are 10 Marcus Garvey quotes for days that seem overwhelming and needs a sprinkle of black magic. ✨✨

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

“Liberate the minds of men and ultimatley you will liberate the bodies of men.”

“The black skin is not a badge of shame, but rather a glorious symbol of national greatness.”

“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 the great law. Let the sky and God be our limit and eternity our measurment.”

“If we as a people realize the greatness from which we come, we would be less likely to disrespect ourselves.”

“With confidence, you have won before you have started.”

“Never forget that intelligence rules the world and ignorance carries the burden. Therefore remove yourself as far as possible from ignorance and seek as far as possible to be intelligent.”

“Up, you mighty race, accomplish what you will.”

“Whatsoever things common to man, that man has done, man can do.”

“Remove the kinks from your mind, not your hair.”

Before you go let me know which one is your favourite and if you have any you would like to add to the list ☺


11 thoughts on “Hon. Marcus Mosiah Garvey 

  1. Ahhhh! I’m not really a Marcus Garvey fan. He thought Africans who were exposed to the West were better than the ones on the continent. so his whole back to Africa movement was for the Africans abroad to go make the ones on the continent, mostly West Africa more “civilized” and “train” them.


    1. That’s a false statement…… that sounds more like another seperation tactic by the oppressor. The back to Africa movememt was for africans in the west to reclaim their land from the savages that took them from it and to rebuild back our land period…..there was no hidden propoganda


      1. There probably wasn’t a hidden agenda for the back to Africa movement and I’m sure he meant well. But Africa for Africans would have been him and his team going to Africa and working alongside the Africans that were already there, not acting like their saviors.

        Garvey went to Liberia with the intention of being the president. He took back with him many African-Americans who were academically trained in America to take up leadership roles in Liberia. His goal was to make them “civilized” and current. I’m sure his intentions were good, but going to someone’s home to take charge is similar to what our colonizers did. The idea was good, the methodology wasn’t.

        Not to take away from your post, those were some great posts and I appreciate his contribution to the black power movement. I appreciate that he wasn’t just theory and academics like some of the leaders of that time.


      2. I get what you are saying and some of that is true but his goal was not to “civilize” anybody….his goal was to organize and regroup. That was his home as as much as it was theirs and ours. Africa is indeed the homeland! He believed that due to slavery Africans suffered alot to psychologically and that led to segregation and colorism within the race. So with him being President his goal was to bring us back together beyond nationality and shade of brown. He wanted to influence reunification. That didn’t happen due to conflict so here we are today not much further along.


  2. I enjoy learning about history and culture. But I am strictly opposed to following human ideologies or movements. I am especially careful about following someone because they are “black”, or because they defied a dominating race on some matter. I believe the advice offered in the Bible is the best, and most reliable one can find.
    So while people in leadership positions are needed in nearly every aspect of life; and while a certain measure of honor and respect is due to such persons, idolizing another imperfect human is riddled with traps and disappointments.


    1. Thank you for comment however movements are needed especially one such as Garveyism. We need direction now more than ever! The bible was written by an imperfect human does that mean its riddled with traps and dissappoint? There is nothing wrong with musing some of the greats to have lived they are a true representation of what we can be and do. Nothing is perfect. However there is God in each and everyone of us and the possibilities of that should never be limited!


  3. I love so many of his quotes, so it’s hard to chose my favorite. However, as a naturalista I definitely can resonate with the last quote: “Remove the kinks from your mind, not your hair.” Great post! ❤

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  4. Thank you for the Garvey quotes. My great grandfather was a member of Marcus Garvey’s movement back in Jamaica during the 1930s/40s. He could have done great things if the obstacles (government) weren’t so great.

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