Why The Name Universal Negro Improvement Association?

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?

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: (Paid link below) “We are going to emancipate ourselves … More Emancipate Yourselves From Mental Slavery

Preamble to the UNIA Constitution

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 to work for the general uplift of the Negro peoples of the world. And the members pledge themselves to do all in their power to … More Preamble to the UNIA Constitution

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.