Though widely associated with Bob Marley and his incredibly popular “Redemption Song” lyric, the phrase “emancipate yourselves from mental slavery” is a paraphrase from a speech by Marcus Garvey. In his comments during a speech entitled “The Work That Has Been Done” on October 31, 1937 he said:
“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 our only ruler; sovereign.”Marcus Garvey “The Work That Has Been Done.” October 31, 1937 speech presented in Menelik Hall Sydney, Nova Scotia
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