During the heyday of the UNIA and still to this day, this prayer and the ritual which it is a part, was the means through which we achieved the “Opening of the Way.” UNIA meetings created so much unity at 3pm on Sunday that the world’s so-called “superpowers” knew it was the latest manifestation of a SOUL FORCE. They knew the UNIA was so powerful and all encompassing that they could not fight against it. They could only use fear uncertainty and doubt to distract our people away from the UNIA.
May the UNIA return in the immediate near future to the majestic heights of infinitude through the consolidation of our energy, our Ache’, our soul force, our human spirit.
Prayer for Opening of Meeting.
Dedicated To The Universal Negro Improvement Association of the World.
By John E. Bruce-Grit.
Not by might,
Nor by power,
but by my spirit saith the Lord of Hosts.
God of the right, our battles fight.
Be with us as of yore.
Break down the barriers of might
We rev’rently implore.
Stand with us in our struggles for
The triumph of the right
And spread confusion ever o’er
The advocates of might.
And let them know that righteousness
is mightier than sin.
That Might is only selfishness
And cannot, ought not win.
Endow us Lord, with faith and grace
and courage to endure
The wrongs we suffer here apace
And Bless us evermore.