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Happy Birthday To The Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey

A great leader and a man who spearheaded the Pan-African movement, Marcus Garvey was born on this day in 1887 in Jamaica. He went on the become the founder of the UNIA-ACL, or the Universal Negro Improvement Association & African Communities League. He made it the priority of this organization to help unify all people of African descent. He spoke of economic empowerment of African people and encouraged us to start businesses and shop at Black Owned stores. A famous quotes of his is “Africa for the Africans‘, meaning that the wealth of Africa should benefit those on the continent and the Africans spread across the world. He stressed that our mentality should be Race First and that we should look at ourselves as a nation. This message is still the only way African people can truly be free and truly have power in this time. Without the influence of Marcus Garvey we wouldn’t have a Nation Of Islam, or a Malcolm X. Malcolm’s father was a Garveyite, or a person that practiced Garveyism. Until we are able to practice true Pan-Africanism our race will never experience true freedom. Until African people in Europe, Asia, South America, The Islands and especially here in America liberate their brothers, sisters & true home there is no such thing as freedom.

-Kabir Lambo

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