marcus garvey quotes


August 17th 1887: Marcus Garvey born

On this day in 1887, black activist Marcus Garvey was born in Jamaica. The youngest of eleven children, the young Garvey was a keen reader, but left school aged fourteen to begin working as an apprentice. In his early twenties, Garvey traveled extensively around Central and Southern America, writing about the exploitation of migrant labour, and attended university in the United Kingdom. In 1914, once back in Jamaica, Garvey founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), and, after corresponding with Booker T. Washington, moved to New York City to promote the movement. Marcus Garvey was a passionate and electrifying speaker, touring the United States eloquently arguing for pride in African-American heritage and promoting black nationalism. He is best known as an advocate of the ‘Back to Africa’ movement, which urged African-Americans to return to their ancestral homeland to strive for economic and social freedom, facilitated by Garvey’s Black Star Line company. He was also a proponent of pan-Africanism, a movement which calls for the unity of the African diaspora to empower and uplift people of African descent. By 1920, the UNIA claimed four million members from around the world. Garvey’s actions provoked the ire of white Americans and the United States government, and in 1922 he was arrested for alleged mail fraud. In what was likely a politically-motivated case, Garvey was imprisoned and later deported to Jamaica. Marcus Garvey died in London in 1940, aged fifty-two, but is remembered today as the inspiration for the Nation of Islam and Rastafari movements, and as a major black civil rights leader.

“We have a beautiful history, and we shall create another in the future that will astonish the world”

Sudanese model nicknamed 'Queen of the Dark' offers stunning display of black beauty

Meet Nyakim Gatwech, the South Sudanese model taking the world by storm thanks to her flawless midnight complexion, penetrating gaze and unwavering message of empowerment.

The 24-year-old is as determined as she is breathtaking — living in Minnesota, Gatwech is on a mission to promote skin positivity and self-acceptance amongst women with darker hues. Along with her stunning photos, which she shares with nearly 100,000 followers on Instagram, she also sends out inspirational messages targeting women who are struggling to be comfortable in their own skin.

Accompanying one of her most popular photos on Instagram, Gatwech shared a Marcus Garvey quote that embodies her own views: “The black skin is not a badge of shame but rather a glorious symbol of national greatness.”

See gallery for more photos of the Nubian beauty and let us know what you think by tweeting @YahooStyleCA!

Nyakim Gatwech, ‘Queen of the Dark’


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Black queen of beauty, thou hast given color to the world! 
Among other women thou art royal and the fairest! 
Like the brightest of jewels in the regal diadem, 
Shin'st thou, Goddess of Africa, Nature’s purest emblem! 

Black men worship at thy virginal shrine of truest love, 
Because in thine eyes are virtue’s steady and holy mark, 
As we see in no other, clothed in silk or fine linen, 
From ancient Venus, the Goddess, to mythical Helen. 

When Africa stood at the head of the elder nations, 
The Gods used to travel from foreign lands to look at thee: 
On couch of costly Eastern materials, all perfumed, 
Reclined thee, as in thy path flow'rs were strewn- 
sweetest that bloomed. 

Thy transcendent marvelous beauty made the whole world mad, 
Bringing Solomon to tears as he viewed thy comeliness; 
Anthony and the elder Caesars wept at thy royal feet, 
Preferring death than to leave thy presence, their foes to meet. 

You, in all ages, have attracted the adoring world, 
And caused many a bloody banner to be unfurled: 
You have sat upon exalted and lofty eminence, 
To see a world fight in your ancient African defense. 

Today you have been dethroned, through the weakness of your men, 
While, in frenzy, those who of yore craved your smiles and your hand- 
Those who were all monsters and could not with love approach you- 
Have insulted your pride and now attack your good virtue. 

Because of disunion you became mother of the world, 
Giving tinge of robust color to five continents, 
Making a greater world of millions of colored races, 
Whose claim to beauty is reflected through our black faces. 

From the handsome Indian to European brunette, 
There is a claim for that credit of their sunny beauty 
That no one can e'er to take from thee, 0 Queen of all 

Who have borne trials and troubles and racial burden. 
Once more we shall, in Africa, fight and conquer for you, 
Restoring the pearly crown that proud Queen Sheba did wear: 
Yea, it may mean blood, it may mean death; but still we shall fight, 

Bearing our banners to Vict'ry, men of Afric’s might. 
Superior Angels look like you in Heaven above, 
For thou art fairest, queen of the seasons, queen of our love: 
No condition shall make us ever in life desert thee, 
Sweet Goddess of the ever green land and placid blue sea.

—  The Black Woman, Marcus Garvey

Education develops the intellect; and the intellect distinguishes man from other creatures. It is education that enables man to harness nature and utilize her resources for the well-being and improvement of his life. The key for the betterment and completeness of modern living is education. But, “MAN CAN NOT LIVE BY BREAD ALONE” Man, after all, is also composed of intellect and soul. Therefore, education in general, and higher education in particular, must aim to provide, beyond the physical, food for the intellect and soul. That education which ignores man’s intrinsic nature, and neglects his intellect and reasoning power can not be considered true education.
~Jah Rastafari