Emancipate Yourselves From Mental Slavery

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” in November 1937 he said:

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“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.”

More of the fascinating mind of Marcus Garvey can be found in the book Emancipated from Mental Slavery: Selected Sayings of Marcus Garvey.

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Marcus Garvey is the source for the widely known lyric by Bob Marley:
Marcus Garvey is the source for the widely known lyric by Bob Marley: “Emancipate yourself from mental slavery.” During November 1937 at Menelik Hall in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Marcus Garvey said in a speech entitled “The Work That Has Been Done:”
“We are going to emancipate ourselves from mental slavery, for though others may free the body, none but ourselves can free the mind. Mind is our only ruler; sovereign.”

By Nnamdi Azikiwe

The Mhotep Corporation uses its Keyamsha The Awakening brand to heighten perceptions and expand awareness. By producing content that engages, entertains and educates we create value for value relationships with our audience for mutual benefit. Mhotep is derived from the name of the architect and builder of the first pyramid in Kemet, so-called ancient Egypt. I formed the Mhotep Corporation in 2003 to produce and distribute 3D animation videos based on traditional African stories. Since then it has evolved to being a media production company including books. In a previous life I worked as a systems analyst developing solutions for government and multinational organizations. Born and educated in Washington, D.C. I have traveled to several places including Haiti, the Bahamas, Mexico, Canada, Nigeria (several times), Ethiopia (several times), Benin, Togo, and South Africa. I am married with three children.

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