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Powerful and Inspirational Quotes by Marcus Garvey

Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr. (ONH) was a Jamaican-born Black nationalist who created a ‘Back to Africa’ movement in the United States. Garvey, Jamaica’s first national hero, became an inspirational figure for later civil rights activists, as well as the Nation of Islam and the Rastafarian movement.


“If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence, you have won even before you have started.”

Painting:”Hunters” by Clarence Bateman

God and nature

“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 that great law. Let the sky and God be our limit and Eternity our measurement.”

Artist unknown. If you are the artist of this painting, please contact us.

No Justice, No Peace

“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.”

Painting: “No Justice, No Peace” by Mark Vallen (1992).

Reflections of a Queen

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!

Painting: “Reflections of a Queen” painting by A. Smith


“The only protection against INJUSTICE in man is POWER… physical, financial and scientific.”

Painting: Panther by Kevin A. Williams (WAK)

Kemetic ancestor

“Be as proud of your race today as our fathers were in the days of yore. We have a beautiful history, and we shall create another in the future that will astonish the world.”

Artist unknown.


I'm Not a Rapper

“Take the kinks out of your mind instead of your hair.”

Painting: “I’m Not a Rapper” by Kajahl Benes

Your History II, James Pate, 2007

“Having had the wrong kind of education, the [Black Man] has become his own greatest enemy.”

Painting: Your History II, James Pate, 2007

Strong Roots

“All of us may not live to see the higher accomplishment of an African Empire – so strong and powerful, as to compel the respect of mankind, but we in our life-time can so work and act as to make the dream a possibility within another generation.”

Painting:”Strong Roots” by Keith Mallett


“To see your enemy and know him is a part of the complete education of man.”

Painting: “The Worst Sight – The Fishermen” by Kevin A. Williams (WAK)


“A man’s bread and butter is only insured when he works for it.”

Painting: “Work” by Charles W. White, 1953


“Chance has never yet satisfied the hope of a suffering people. Action, self-reliance, the vision of self and the future have been the only means by which the oppressed have seen and realized the light of their own freedom.”

Painting: “Aspiration” by Aaron Douglas, 1936


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

Painting: “Unite” by Barbara Jones-Hogu, 1970

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Emmanuel C Thompson February 3, 2016 at 06:39

Great, inspirational and subduing quotes. The legends of our history speak from the grave. Are we listening. May their zeal engulf and encompass me

Lancelot Wilson July 25, 2020 at 18:01

Greatly appreciate you spreading the knowledge/teachings of Marcus Garvey


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