3000 Years of Black Poetry by Alan Lomax and Raoul Abdul [Introduction]

from the introduction to 3000 Years of Black Poetry by Alan Lomax and Raoul Abdul When the highest god, Mpungu, had set the heavenly bodies and all things living in their places, he made a man and a woman and endowed them with reason. However, these two human beings did not as yet possess mutima, … More 3000 Years of Black Poetry by Alan Lomax and Raoul Abdul [Introduction]

Messin with your mind

They are messin’ with your mind Playing with your brain Wasting cosmic time Trying to drive folks insane They’re using mass confusion Trying to produce insane conclusions They are fakin’ hard core And they know it’s just an illusion They’re imposing their insanity On all humanity Do you think that’s they way it’s supposed to … More Messin with your mind

Africa For The Africans (poem by Marcus Garvey)

Say! Africa for the Africans, Like America for the Americans: This is the rallying cry for a nation, Be it peace or revolution. Blacks are men, no longer cringing fools; They demand a place, not like weak tools; But among the world of nations great They demand a free self-governing state. Hurrah! Hurrah! Great Africa … More Africa For The Africans (poem by Marcus Garvey)

Keep Cool by Marcus Garvey

The following are lyrics to a song written by Marcus Garvey while he was incarcerated in Atlanta Prison. Listen to a version of this song courtesy Battle Cry for Cuba Zimbabwe here Keep Cool by Jahiti Brownfish and Denyse Pearson Suns have set and suns will rise Upon many gloomy lives; Those who sit around and say: “Nothing … More Keep Cool by Marcus Garvey

Hail! United States of Africa!

The United States of Africa originated from Marcus Garvey. Some people want to give credit for the idea to Muammar Gaddafi. Others want to connect it to Robert Mugabe. If they believed the world should be the way they want it to be, all those people would have to do is tell the truth. Confident … More Hail! United States of Africa!

Eradicate the Yurugu Virus and Return to the Way by Nzingha Olabisima

The Yurugu Virus possesses the thinking and behavior of the people When injected into the mind stupidity, ignorance and greed is exactly what you find. It attacks the lower nature, and infiltrates the soul, it turns people into puppets, the victims of control. Tell-lie-vision disseminates Yurugu’s point of view; it teaches sex and violence on … More Eradicate the Yurugu Virus and Return to the Way by Nzingha Olabisima

Since We Must Live

(Livicated to Claude McKay) Since we must live, let it be like Deities Sacred and infinite in all our glory While beneath us squeak the mad and hungry vermin, Ignorantly they mock our deified lot. Since we must live, O let us nobly live, Allowing our precious energy to be revered In eternity; then even … More Since We Must Live

THE UNIVERSAL ETHIOPIAN ANTHEM AND HOW IT CAME TO BE WRITTEN

By W.A.S. Each time I attend at Liberty Hall I come away with the music of the Universal Ethiopian Anthem Ringing in my ears. The melody is a stirring one possessing the power and the grip of La Marseillaise. The last time I heard it rendered it roused me even more than on the previous … More THE UNIVERSAL ETHIOPIAN ANTHEM AND HOW IT CAME TO BE WRITTEN

Prayer for Opening of Meeting. Dedicated To The Universal Negro Improvement Association of the World. By John E. Bruce-Grit.

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 … More Prayer for Opening of Meeting. Dedicated To The Universal Negro Improvement Association of the World. By John E. Bruce-Grit.