Why the name Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League? Since, “All people of African ancestry are regarded as ordinary members” of the UNIA-ACL it is a valid question for our people to ask. Unfortunately, the active (dues paying) members are the only ones who can actually do something to change the name of … More Why The Name Universal Negro Improvement Association?
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: (Paid link below) “We are going to emancipate ourselves … More Emancipate Yourselves From Mental Slavery
The preamble to the UNIA Constitution explains the purpose of the document and the organization it constitutes. The full Constitution is available at Hathi Trust. The Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities’ League is a social, friendly, humanitarian, charitable, educational, institutional, constructive and expansive society, and is founded by persons desiring to the utmost … More Preamble to the UNIA Constitution
break down the barriers of might we reverently implore. … More Prayer for Opening of Meeting. Dedicated To The Universal Negro Improvement Association of the World. By John E. Bruce-Grit.