Merry Garveymas!!!

Earlier today, August 17, 2017, in the Millions for Marcus Garvey Facebook group appeared a post which was truly inspirational. A good brother posted “Merry Christmas” in recognition of the 130th year since the Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey came to this planet.

To which we readily replied, “MERRY GARVEYMAS.” Which to us seems reasonable. After all it is Marcus Garvey’s birthday. We are well within our rights to commemorate the birth of the leader of the largest mass movement of melanin people worldwide on the day he was born.

August 17 of every year could rightfully be a worldwide festival of Marcus Garvey and all he represents.

Giving gifts on this day would serve to solidify the festival. Most importantly would be the sharing of gifts purchased from melanin people.

More importantly, the honoring of Marcus Garvey through joining the organization through which he did his most memorable and inspiring work, the Universal Negro Improvement Association aka the UNIA would make for serious recognition of “The Work That Has Been Done.”

Speaking of that speech, every Garveymas needs to have a sharing of Garvey’s quotes, of which there are many. Probably the most well known, yet least well associated with Garvey as an adage of his, is the following:

we are going to emancipate ourselves from mental slavery
Bob Marley quoted Marcus Garvey who said: “We are going to emancipate ourselves from mental slavery, because whilst others might free the body, none but ourselves can free the mind.” during his speech “The Work That Has Been Done” in Sydney, Nova Scotia, during October or November 19

That’s right, the phrase “emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds,” though widely associated with Bob Marley and “Redemption Songs” is actually a quote from Marcus Garvey.

Other Garvey quotes include:

Look up you mighty race (normally misquoted as simply Up You Mighty Race)

With confidence you have won before you have started.

Look for me in the whirlwind.

Mind creates, and as much as we desire, in nature, we can have through the creation of our own minds.

And so many more.

So every year on August 17 we celebrate Garveymas to bring about the total, complete and absolute redemption of Africa.