The UNIA teaches our race self-help and self-reliance... in all those things that contribute to human happiness and well-being.
I regard the Klan, the Anglo-Saxon clubs and White American societies, as far as the Negro is concerned, as better friends of the race than all other groups of hypocritical whites put together.
Be Black, buy Black, think Black, and all else will take care of itself.
You may call me a Klansman if you will, but, potentially, every white man is a Klansman, as far as the Negro in competition with whites socially, economically and politically is concerned, and there is no use lying.
I am not opposed to the white race as charged by my enemies. I have no time to hate anyone. All my time is devoted to the up-building and development of the Negro Race.
Africa has produced countless numbers of men and women, in war and in peace, whose lustre and bravery outshine that of any other people. Then why not see good and perfection in ourselves?
Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds!
I pray God that we shall never use our physical prowess to oppress the human race, but we will use our strength, physically, morally and otherwise to preserve humanity and civilization.
We are not engaged in domestic politics, in church building or in social uplift work, but we are engaged in nation building.
There is no force like success, and that is why the individual makes all effort to surround himself throughout life with the evidence of it; as of the individual, so should it be of the nation.
If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life.
If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence, you have won even before you have started.
Up, you mighty race, accomplish what you will.
Take the kinks out your mind, not your hair.
The Greatest Weapon Used Against the Negro is Disorganization.
Progress is the attraction that moves humanity.
Intelligence rules the world, ignorance carries the burden.
With confidence, you have won before you have started.
A reading man and woman is a ready man and woman, but a writing man and woman is exact.
The whole world is run on bluff.
The whole world is run on bluff. No race, no nation, no man has any divine right to take advantage of others. Why allow the other fellow to bluff you?
Take advantage of every opportunity; where there is none, make it for yourself.
To spiritually regulate oneself is another form of the higher education that fits man for a nobler place in life.
Let us not try to be the best or worst of others, but let us make the effort to be the best of ourselves.
We welcome the opposition of the world, because we are determined to see the battle through. Africa's battle-cry is not yet heard.
History is the land-mark by which we are directed into the true course of life.
The history of a movement, the history of a nation, the history of a race is the guide-post of that movement's destiny, that nation's destiny, that race's destiny.
Africa has become the big game of the nation hunters. Today, Africa looms as the greatest commercial, industrial and political prize in the world.
Always try to associate with people from whom you can learn something. All the knowledge that you want is in the world, and all you have to do is go and seek it.
Look for me in the whirlwind or the storm.
Look for me in the whirlwind or the storm, look for me all around you, for, with God's grace, I shall come and bring with me countless millions of black slaves who have died in America and
the West Indies and the millions in Africa to aid you in the fight for Liberty, Freedom and Life.
What you do to-day that is worthwhile, inspires others to act at some future time.
It is by education that we become prepared for our duties and responsibilities in life. If one is badly educated he must naturally fail in the proper assumption and practice of his duties and responsibilities.
A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.
Present day statesmen are making the biggest blunder of the age if they believe that there can be any peace without equity and justice to all mankind.
To see your enemy and know him is a part of the complete education of man.
Let the sky and God be our limit and Eternity our measurement.
The man who is not able to develop and use his mind is bound to be the slave of the other man who uses his mind.
Look to Africa, for there a king will be crowned.
Look to Africa, when a black king shall be crowned for the day of deliverance is at hand!
God and Nature first made us what we are, and then out of our own created genius we make ourselves what we want to be. Follow always that great law. Let the sky and God be our limit and Eternity our measurement.
Chance has never yet satisfied the hope of a suffering people.
Chance has never yet satisfied the hope of a suffering people. Action, self-reliance, the vision of self and the future have been the only means by which the oppressed have seen and realized the light of their own freedom.
Men who are in earnest are not afraid of consequences.
I read "Up From Slavery" and then my dream -- if I may so call it -- of being a race leader dawned.
If I die in Atlanta my work shall then only begin, but I shall live, in the physical or spiritual to see the day of Africa's glory.
There shall be no solution to this race problem until you, yourselves, strike the blow for liberty.
Black men of Carthage, Ethiopia, of Timbuktu and Alexandria gave the likes of civilization to this world.
Lose not courage, lose not faith, go forward.
Black men, you were once great; you shall be great again. Lose not courage or faith, go forward.
Be as proud of your race today as our as our fathers were in days of yore. We have beautiful history, and we shall create another in the future that will astonish the world.
Negro producers, Negro distributors, Negro consumers! The world of Negroes can be self contained. We desire earnestly to deal with the rest of the world, but if the rest of the world desire not, we seek not.
If the Negro is not careful he will drink in all the poison of modern civilization and die from the effects of it.
The thing to do is to get organized; keep separated and you will be exploited, you will be robbed, you will be killed. Get organized and you will compel the world to respect you.
At no time within the last five-hundred years can one point to a single instance of the Negro as a race of haters.
Africa for the Africans... at home and abroad!
Unite all people of African ancestry of the world to one great body to establish a country and absolute government of their own.
It is only the belief and the confidence we have in a God why man is able to understand his own social institutions, and move and live like a rational human being.
This hour we are stretching forth our hands with the desire to teach the world the true principles of mercy and justice.
Let us prepare TODAY. For the TOMORROWS in the lives of the nations will be so eventful that Negroes everywhere will be called upon to play their part in the survival of the fittest human group.