In 1938, the father of Pan Africanism, Marcus Garvey visited Nova Scotia, Canada for the first time and delivered a powerful speech where he said the immortal words that were later used by Reggae singer Bob Marley in his popular, landmark song, “Redemption Song”:
“We are going to emancipate ourselves from mental slavery because whilst others might free the body, none but ourselves can free the mind.
Mind is your only ruler, sovereign. The man who is not able to develop and use his mind is bound to be the slave of the other man who uses his mind, because man is related to man under all circumstances for good or ill.”
Garvey was a leader who during troubled times, provided a template by which the Black oppressed around the world could, through self empowerment, economic self-sustainability and education, liberate themselves from oppression and build their own institutions.
In 1914, Garvey founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) which historians have described as the largest mass movement in African American history. His message came at a time when the oppression of Black people wast at an all time high; lynchings were on the rise, the Ku Klux Klan was having a field day perpetrating the most violent deeds against Blacks.
Garvey’s teachings have a profound impact today and we ought to learn from them. Every day we wake up to news that some racist somewhere in the world has said or done something to upset Black people. And everyday somewhere in the world there’s a helpless outcry in response.
Our response speaks to the history of the broader dispossession and dehumanisation of black people. Our history, of ancient Egypt, Nubia, Ethiopia and many other civilisations in West, East and Southern Africa, the Munhumotapa Empire whose seat of government was in Great Zimbabwe and the adjacent Mapungubwe, has all been erased by colonialists from our history books.
Western historiography holds that Africa was a backward and uncivilised continent with no history and there are people who still believe in this theory.
Part of rebuilding our identity as Africans, is to rewrite these stories and place Africa’s role in history in its rightful place, with the ultimate goal of restoring our confidence and dignity. It has been our drive here on UnCensored, more so in our second year, to focus on African history and we have steadily built an archive which we are most proud of http://uncensoredopinion.co.za/category/history/. We need to do more and need your help through financial donations, in doing so. If more of us had Africa’s history at our disposal and the greatness from which we come, we would not be so easily upset when some of these racists hurl derogatory statements at us. When they call us monkeys or tell us we would be living in huts if it were not for Europeans, we would easily point them to the pyramids (standing there for centuries of years); we would point them to the first known physician Imhotep from whom western medicine stole; we would point them to the historians and scientists who have proved without a doubt that civilisation started in Africa; we would lead them to Stolen Legacy published in 1954 by George G.M. James who wrote that both races must not only preach and teach the truth that the Mystery system of the African Continent gave the world philosophy and religion, and the arts and sciences, but they must see to it that all false praise of the Greeks be removed from the textbooks of our schools and colleges. We therefore urge you to donate here http://uncensoredopinion.co.za/donate/
- We have shown you through articles about the work of Dr Cheikh Anta Diop – one of Africa’s foremost anthropologists and historians – that humanity was born on the African continent http://uncensoredopinion.co.za/did-africans-wait-for-thousands-of-years-to-be-civilised-by-europeans/
- The World’s First & Oldest University Is In Timbuktu http://uncensoredopinion.co.za/did-you-know-that-the-first-and-oldest-university-in-the-world-was-located-in-africa/
- Scientific evidence places Imhotep firmly at the forefront of medicine as the first known physician, medical professor and writer of medical books (Imhotep was also a priest along with a myriad other roles in Kmt [Ancient Egypt]). He is believed to be the author of the “Edwin Smith” Papyrus in which more than 90 anatomical terms and 48 injuries are described. Imhotep diagnosis. http://uncensoredopinion.co.za/imhotep-the-first-genius/
- Given the role of ancient Egypt in medicine it is only Western arrogance that would compel newcomers to render traditional healers primitive. http://uncensoredopinion.co.za/credo-vusamazulu-mutwa-zulu-shaman-from-south-africa/