“For 500 years we been brutalized, we have been beaten, maimed, killed, and ravaged in every way- We are men, We have hopes, We have passions- feelings, desire like any other race…We are men, human beings capable of any acts as any human being. – Intelligent as any other race. Africa, you have been sleeping, not dead, only sleeping. Dive down Black men & Dig- Reach up Black men and women and pull our nature’s knowledge to you. And when you have done so- you will have merited God’s blessings and as you bow down to others today, Others will bow to you tomorrow and call you masters because of your minds & achievements…Why not see the good & perfections in ourselves. God men lord of his creation, gave him ownership and possession of the world. You have been so darned lazy that you have allowed the other fella to run away with the whole world and now he is bluffing you, telling you that the world belongs to him and you have no part in it. I don’t have to apologize to anyone for being Black. The Almighty himself knew exactly what he was doing when he made me Black. You race of cowards- you race of imbeciles- you race of good for nothings, if you can’t do what other races have done, what other men have done, what other nations have done then you had better die! China under the Khal did it- Germany under Bismarck did it, France under Napoleon did it, Mali under Sundiata Did it! If you are not willing to do it, then you will die! Can we do it? Can we do it? We Shall Do it!
Garvey’s Vision is for us Today
Marcus Garvey’s Vision provides for us here in Charleston and Pan- Africa, key lessons as we enter a dangerous environment where Black men and women are murdered by the state and justified by law. Where black land is being taken by the thousands of acres. Where schools have become wastelands. Garvey’s vision comes at a time when our backs are truly against the wall. The lessons I will talk about today is: 1. The Lesson of Unity, 2) The Lesson of Black Economic Empowerment, and 3) The Lesson that we Can and that We Shall Do it. Marcus Garvey’s vision for Black Economic Unity comes to us in our darkest hour to guide us to a 21st Century Renaissance- to guide us to our rightful place as the first shall be last and the last shall be first.
Unity: Racial Pride and Knowledge of Self
The first lesson Garvey left to guide us was the Lesson of Unification. Garvey gave us the gift of the UNIA. Universal Negro Improvement Association. Garvey organized 8 Million Dues Paying Members to be a force for African people around the globe. This organization promoted the ideal of a Black Government- A Black Nationhood- the birth place of African Nationalism that give Africa its first Sovereign nations. Kwame Nkrumah, and Patrice Lumumba spoke of Garvey’s influence in their nationalist efforts. You can see Garvey’s Red, Black, Gold, and the Green- A Symbol of that Nationalism within many of the flags of sovereign Pan African nations in Africa and the Caribbean. This nationalism was rooted in African Culture. Garvey’s UNIA was unapologetically Black and African, and thus gave us institutional programing so we could have the Cultural Understanding of who we were as an African race. He understood that any plan for unification would be doomed to failure if the peopled failed to understand who the why behind us organizing for one purpose. The UNIA popularized slogans such as: ‘UP You Mighty Race!’. ‘Be Black, Buy Black, and the rest will take of itself!’, and ‘Africa for Africans!’ These slogans were used to stir the imagination and spirit of Africans towards ‘One Aim! One Purpose! And One Destiny!’
Black Economic Unity
The Second Lesson Garvey gave us was the example of Black Economic Empowerment. He gave us the Black Star Line, Black Grocery Stores, Built Factories, built a Hotel, built Schools, built Printing Presses, and Started Three Newspapers and One was published in Spanish and French. He also built a Trucking Company, and owned office buildings. He showed us that by unifying we could build our own enterprises. He showed us we need no banks- no grants- we need only us! Only our collective minds and dollars. He was able to produce these enterprises because he understood that there within the concentration of Black souls existed billions of dollars worth of income that could be used for investment. He knew that there within the concentration of Black souls existed millions with the skills and expertise necessary to built, manage, and grow billion dollar enterprises. He therefore set out to create a model of a Collective Black Investment Program for the African Community. He understood that 8 Million dues paying members at $5 dollars a piece was $4 million. If only 500,000 of those eight million invest $500, the UNIA would have $250,000,000 to invest in the growing of the Black economy.
We Shall Do It!
The final lesson to be talked about is the Lesson that We Can Do it! And that We Shall Do it! You have been duped into thinking you can’t unite. That you are crabs in a barrel. You have been convinced that we as a race are worthless, backbiting, and untrustworthy! You have been convinced that someone must come and save you from yourselves. I am here to tell you that we must save ourselves. I repeat, we must do it- Noone will do it for you. Garvey showed it was possible for us to unite here in this new world order. What Garvey said then is true today, ‘As man we have all the faculties necessary to accomplish great things. Japanese are promoting the accomplishments of Japan, but you show hatred for yourselves- you attack one another while others have made progress.’ We still stand fighting ourselves versus uniting so we can be abundantly blessed. We must follow the blueprint left by Garvey:
- We must Unite under one Black Economic & Cultural Empowerment Movement- A Modernized UNIA. It must teach Black Culture & Unity. We will start in Charleston and spread throughout the Pan- African Nation.
- We must create a Black Star Investment Fund 5000 Members x $100 is $5 Million to invest in Black Owned business to take advantage of SC Booming Economy- 5 Industries- Maritime- tourism and real estate- manufacturing, military and medical industrial complexes.
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Marcus Garvey’s vision for Black Economic Unity is one we can implement today- Our 21st Century Renaissance awaits as we become masters of our Fate! We must learn from Garvey 1) The Lesson of Racial Unity and its liberating power, 2) The Lesson of Black Economic Empowerment and its sustaining potential, and 3) The Lesson that we Can and that We Shall Do it, and its unyielding possibilities! If we are not willing to learn and follow these lessons, then we will die. If we don’t stop hating ourselves and stand up as men and women to control our destinies and become the masters of our fate, if we can’t come together as one under the banner of our race, under the banner of African pride- if we shan’t come together to build our nation, build our communities, and rebuild our homes and our beautiful African families then we will die. Can we do it? Can we do it? We Shall Do It! Up You Mighty Race! Accomplish What You Will!!!!