THE SLAVE TRADEThree
hundred years ago no Negroes were to be found in this Western Hemisphere, we were to be found exclusively in Africa. Just
about that time a large number of white people (called Colonists) settled in America. They desired laborers to help them in
the country's development. They turned to Asia and were unable to use the yellow man. At that time a man named John Hawkins
(afterwards knighted) asked permission of Queen Elizabeth of England to take the blacks from Africa into her colonies of America
and the West Indies and use them in their development. The Queen asked, "what consideration will you give them?" Hawkins said
"They will be civilized and Christianized in the Colonies, for in their own.country they arc savages and barbarians."
Under these pretenses the British Queen signed a charter empowering John Hawkins and
others to remove from Africa millions of our fore-parents—men, women and children—who were sold in the slave markets
of the Southern States of America and the West Indies. Parents were separated from children, husbands from wives. All scattered
in this Western Hemisphere to work in the cotton fields of the Southern States of America and the sugar plantations of the
The Negroes who were sold in the West Indies remained as slaves for two hundred and
thirty years and those sold in America for two hundred and fifty years. The West Indian Negroes were emancipated eighty five
years ago by Queen Victoria of England, and the American Negroes fifty eight years ago by Abraham Lincoln.
We—the Negroes in this Western Hemisphere are descendants of those Africans who
were enslaved and transported to these shores, where they suffered, bled and died to make us what we are today—Civilized,
Christian free men. Should we not, therefore, turn our eyes towards Africa, our ancestral home and free it from the thraldom
of alien oppression and exploitation?
NEGROES' STATUS UNDER ALIEN GOVERNMENTSWithin modern times the Negro race has not had any real statesmen, and the masses of our people have
always accepted the intentions and actions of the statesmen and leaders of other races as being directed in our interest as
a group in conjunction with the interests of others. Such a feeling on our part caused us to believe that the Constitution
of the United States was written for Negroes, as well as the Constitutions of England, France, Italy, Germany and other countries
where Negroes happen to have their present domicile, either as citizens or as subjects.
That we suffer so much today under whatsoever flag we live is proof positive that constitutions
and laws, when framed by the early advocates of human liberty, never included and were never intended for us as a people.
It is only a question of sheer accident that we happen to be fellow citizens today with the descendants of those who, through
their advocacy, descendants laid the foundation for human rights.
So this brings us to the point where, as a people, we can expect very little from the
efforts of present day statesmen of other races, in that their plans, (as far as advantages to be derived therefrom are concerned)
are laid only in the interests of their own people and not in the interest of Negroes; hence it is imperative that Negroes
as a people evolve just at this time a statesmanship sufficiently able to cope with the designs and movements that are being
made that will (except we prevent it) ultimately mean our doom and destruction.
THE NEGRO AS AN INDUSTRIAL MAKE-SHIFTThe Negro's prosperity today, limited as it is, is based upon the foundation laid by an alien race that is not disposed
to go out of its way to prepare for the economic existence of anyone else but itself; therefore our present prosperity as
far as employment goes, is purely accidental. It is as accidental to-day as it was during the war of 1914-18 when colored
men were employed in different occupations, not because they were wanted, but because they were filling the places of men
of other races who were not available at that time. Negroes are still filling places, and as time goes on and the age grows
older our occupations will be gone from us, because those for whom we filled the places will soon appear, and as they do we
shall gradually find our places among the millions of permanent unemployed. The thing for the Negro to do therefore, is to
adjust his own economic present, in readiness for the future.
A race that is solely dependent upon another for its economic existence sooner or later
dies. As we have in the past been living upon the mercies shown us by others, and by the chances obtainable, and have suffered
therefrom, so will we in the future suffer if an effort is not made now to adjust our own affairs.
LACK OF CO-OPERATION IN THE NEGRO RACEIt is so hard, so difficult to find men who will stick to a purpose, who will maintain a principle for
the worth of that principle, for the good of that purpose, and if there is a race that needs such men in the world today,
God Almighty knows it is the race of which I am a member.
The race needs men of vision and ability. Men of character and above all men of honesty,
and that is so hard to find.
The greatest stumbling block in the way of progress in the race has invariably come
from within the race itself. The monkey wrench of destruction as thrown into the cog of Negro Progress, is not thrown so much
by the outsider as by the very fellow who is in our fold, and who should be the first to grease the wheel of progress rather
than seeking to impede it.
But notwithstanding the lack of sympathetic co-operation, I have one consolation—That
I cannot get away from the race, and so long as I am in the race and since I have sense and judgment enough to know what affects
the race affects me, it is my duty to help the race to clear itself of those things that affect us in common.
WHITE MAN'S SOLUTION FOR THE NEGRO PROBLEM IN AMERICA
Immediately after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation in America, the white
man started to think how he could solve the new problem of the Negro.
He saw that the Negro could not be slaughtered by wholesale killing in that it would
be a blot on American civilization, he therefore had to resort to some means of solving the problem, which meant the extinction
of the Negro in America.
The plan he decided on was as follows:
"Now that America is undeveloped and we have but 34,000,000 in population (30,000,000
being white and 4,000,000 black) a number not large enough to develop the country as we want it, we will use the 4,000,000
blacks until we have built up the country, sufficiently and when we no longer need their labor, we will throw them off and
let them starve economically and die of themselves, or emigrate elsewhere, we care not where. Then no one can accuse us of
being inhuman to the Negro as we shall not have massacred him."
A hearty welcome is extended to white people from all parts of the world to come to
and settle in America. They come in by the thousands every month. Why? The idea is to build up a vast white population in
America, so as to make the white people independent of Negro labor; thereby depriving them of the means of livelihood, the
wherewithal to buy bread, which means that in a short while they will die of starvation.
Those of us who study industrial conditions among the race must have noticed that Negroes
in America have been thrown out of jobs that they occupied formerly, and their positions taken by European Immigrants. Nov
if the white people have not reached the apex of their intention industrially, as far as the development of the country is
concerned, and they have exhibited such a degree of prejudice since they started their plan; how much more prejudiced will
they not become in the next one hundred years when their population will be doubled by emigration and birthrate? This is the
problem the Negro has to face in America.
THE TRUE SOLUTION OF THE NEGRO PROBLEM—1922
As far as Negroes are concerned, in America we have the problem of lynching, peonage
In the West Indies, South and Central America we have the problem of peonage, serfdom,
industrial and political governmental inequality.
In Africa we have, not only peonage and serfdom, but outright slavery, racial exploitation
and alien political monopoly.
We cannot allow a continuation of these crimes against our race. As four hundred million
men. women and children, worthy of the existence given us by the Divine Creator, we are determined to solve our own problem,
by redeeming our Motherland Africa from the hands of alien exploiters and found there a government, a nation of our own, strong
enough to lend protection to the members of our race scattered allover the world, and to compel the respect of the nations
and races of the earth.
Do they lynch Englishmen, Frenchmen, Germans or Japanese? No. And Why? Because these
people are represented by great governments, mighty nations and empires, strongly organized. Yes, and ever ready to shed the
last drop of blood and spend the last penny in the national treasury to protect the honor and integrity of a citizen outraged
Until the Negro reaches this point of national independence, all he does as a race will
count for naught, because the prejudice that will stand out against him even with his ballot in his hand, with his industrial
progress to show, will be of such an overwhelming nature as to perpetuate mob violence and mob rule, from which he will suffer,
and which he will not be able to stop with his industrial wealth and with his ballot.
You may argue that he can use his industrial wealth and his ballot to force the government
to recognize him, but he must understand that the government is the people. That the majority of the people dictate the policy
of governments, and if the majority are against a measure, a thing, or a race, then the government is impotent to protect
that measure, thing or race.
If the Negro were to live in this Western Hemisphere for another five hundred years
he would still be outnumbered by other races who are prejudiced against him. He cannot resort to the government for protection
for government will be in the hands of the majority of the people who are prejudiced against him, hence for the Negro to depend
on the ballot and his industrial progress alone, will be hopeless as it does not help him when he is lynched, burned, jim-crowed
and segregated. The future of the Negro therefore, outside of Africa, spells ruin and disaster.
WHITE PROPAGANDA ABOUT AFRICA
This propaganda of dis-associating Western Negroes from Africa is not a new one. For
many years white propagandists have been printing tons of literature to impress scattered Ethiopia, especially that portion
within their civilization, with the idea that Africa is a despised place, inhabited by savages, and cannibals, where no civilized
human being should go, especially black civilized human beings. This propaganda is promulgated for the cause that is being
realized today. That cause is COLONIAL EXPANSION for the white nations of the world.
At the present time the world is not producing enough food to feed all its inhabitants.
The strong are fed and the weak starve. That is why there are famines in certain countries, even though those countries produce
certain things for human consumption. The strong go there and take the food and send it home just as how Great Britain and
France go into Africa, take out the products and ship them away to feed Europeans and leave Africans to starve. The strong
will always live at the expense of the weak.
This rush for territory, this encroachment on lands, is only a desire of the strong
races, especially the white race, to get hold of those portions and bits of land necessary for their economic existence, knowing
well, that, in another two hundred years, there will not be enough supplies in the world for all of its inhabitants. The weaker
peoples must die. At present Negroes are the weakest people and if we do not get power and strength now we shall be doomed
THE THREE STAGES OF THE NEGRO IN CONTACT WITH
THE WHITE MAN
I believe, as far as the Negro is concerned politically, that there are three stages
relating to our contact with the white man:
The First Stage in the life of the Negro in this Western Hemisphere was the stage when
the white man shackled us in Africa and brought us here and kept us for two hundred and fifty years. During this period we
worked and received no recompense, no pay for our labor, and we were satisfied because of the white man's Christian teaching
"Learn to labor and to wait."
The Second Stage was the thing called Emancipation, which we have enjoyed for fifty-eight
years. This stage came when they gave us partial freedom, and a petty existence by way of wages, and we were satisfied during
that stage to do just what they told us to do. We worked for small wages and voted Republican Democratic and so forth, until
after fifty-eight years we discovered that a change was necessary.
Now we have entered into the Third Stage of our existence, wherein we say to the white
man "After two hundred and fifty years of slavery and fifty eight years of partial freedom under your leadership we are going
to try but fifty years under our own direction.
This new stage calls for all the manhood within the race and means that we must throw
off all the conditions that affected us in the first and second stages, and go out and do—acquit ourselves like men
in the economic, industrial and political arena.
BOOKER T. WASHINGTON'S PROGRAM
The world held up the great Sage of Tuskegee—Booker T. Washington—as the
only leader for the race. They looked forward to him and his teachings as the leadership for all times, not calculating that
the industrially educated Negro would himself evolve a new ideal, after having been trained by the Sage of Tuskegee.
The world satisfied itself to believe that succeeding Negro leaders would follow absolutely
the teachings of Washington. Unfortunately the world is having a rude awakening, in that we are evolving a new ideal. The
new ideal includes the program of Booker T. Washington and has gone much further.
Things have changed wonderfully since Washington came on the scene. His vision was industrial
opportunity for the Negro, but the Sage of Tuskegee has passed off the stage of life and left behind a new problem—a
problem that must be solved, not by the industrial leader only, but by the political and military leaders as well.
If Washington had lived he would have had to change his program. No leader can successfully
lead this race of ours without giving an interpretation of the awakened spirit of the New Negro, who does not seek industrial
opportunity alone, but a political voice. The world is amazed at the desire of the New Negro, for with his strong voice he
is demanding a place in the affairs of wen.
BELIEF THAT RACE PROBLEM WILL ADJUST ITSELF A FALLACY
Some of our leaders in the Negro race flatter themselves into believing that the problem
of black and white in America will work itself out, and that all the Negro has to do is to be humble, submissive and obedient,
and everything will work out well in the "Sweet bye and bye". But the keen student will observe this,that a terrible mistake
was made between forty and fifty years ago when black men were elected to legislative assemblies all over the country, especially
in the southern states and even at the National Capitol when representatives of this race occupied seats in Congress. The
mistake was made as far as the white people were concerned. There was a state of dis-organization in the Nation, and in that
state certain things happened by mere chance. In the chance, dozens of black men became Senators and Congressmen. This opened
up to the eyes of the white nation the possibility of the black man governing the white man in these United States of America—the
possibility of the black man making laws to govern the white man? This possibility drove them almost to madness, in suddenly
rejecting the spirit of the constitution and the Declaration of Lincoln that "all men are created equal", hence a determination
was arrived at, that never again would it be possible for the race of slaves to govern the race of masters within these United
States of America.
Some of us believe that this slave race of ours will live in the United States of America
and in the future again become law makers for the white race (our slave masters of sixty years ago). Nothing of the kind has
happened in all human history. There is not one instance where a slave race living in the same country (within the same bounds
as the race of masters that enslaved them and being in numbers less than the race of masters) has ever yet ruled and governed
the masters. It has never been so in history, and it will never be so in the future. The hidden spirit of America is determined
that it shall never be, caring not what hopes and promises we get.
But history has recorded where a race of slaves through evolution, through progress,
has risen to the heights where they ruled and dominated those who once enslaved them, but that race of slaves has always had
to betake itself to other habitats (usually their own native land) and there, apart from those who once enslaved them, developed
a power of their own, a strength of their own, and in the higher development of that strength, and of that power, they, like
others, have made conquests, and the conquests sometimes have enabled them to enslave those Who once enslaved them. So for
us to encourage the idea that one day Negroes will rise to the highest in the administration of this white government, is
only encouraging a vain hope.
The only wise thing for us as ambitious Negroes to do, is to organize the world over,
and build up for the race a mighty nation of our own in Africa. And this race of ours that can not get recognition and respect
in the country where we were slaves, by using our own ability, power and genius, would develop for ourselves in another country
in our habitat a nation of our own, and be able to send back from that country,—from that native habitat—to the
country where we were once enslaved, representatives of our race, that would get as much respect as any other ambassadors
from any other race or nation.
EXAMPLES OF WHITE CHRISTIAN CONTROL OF AFRICA
The world has seen many fair examples of white Christian control of Africa:
The outrages of Leopold of Belgium, when he butchered thousands of our defenceless brothers
and sisters in the Belgian Congo, and robbed them of their rubber.
The natives of Kenya South East Africa armed with sticks and stones rebelled against
the injustices and brutality of the English, and were hewn down by machine guns, because they aid not supply the demands of
The Hottentots of South West Africa in rebellion against similar brutality and exploitation,
using spears and leather shields to protect themselves, were bombed from aeroplanes by the Christian? whites.
The above are but few examples of the many atrocities committed on our defenceless brothers
and sisters in Africa by white exploiters and invaders. Surely the introduction of chemical gas among the natives of Africa
would place them in a better position to handle "the alien disturbers of African peace."
It strikes me that with all the civilization this Western Hemisphere affords, Negroes
ought to take better advantage of the cause of higher education. We could make of ourselves better mechanics and scientists,
and in cases where we can help our brothers in Africa by making use of the knowledge we possess, it would be but our duty,
If Africa is to be redeemed the Western Negro will have to make a valuable contribution along technical and scientific lines.
THE THOUGHT BEHIND THEIR DEEDS
Behind the murder of millions of Negroes annually in Africa is the well organized system
of exploitation by the alien intruders who desire to rob Africa of every bit of its wealth for the satisfaction of their race
and the upkeep of their bankrupt European countries.
If we of the Western World take no interest in the higher development of the African
natives, it will mean that in another hundred years historians and writers will tell us that the black man once inhabited
Africa, just as the North American Indian once inhabited America. But those of us who lead are well versed In Western civilization
and are determined that the black man shall not be a creature of the past, but a full-fledged man of the present and a power
to be reckoned with in the future.
SIMILARITY OF PERSECUTION
Christ came into the world centuries ago to redeem lost mankind. From the age of twelve
to His Crucifixion He taught the doctrine of salvation without fear of the great and mighty ones of His day. But His fellow
Jews became jealous of His success and sought means to get rid of Him. They argued among themselves saying, "How can we do
it. We have no power, no judges, and if we lay hands upon Him, He will have us apprehended by the Roman authorities. The best
thing we can do is to frame him up". So they made certain statements to the Roman Government which had Jesus incarcerated,
while His brother Jews shouted with joy as they had accomplished their desire.
When Jesus was brought to trial Pontius Pilate, the Governor, did not care to send Him
to prison as He had not interfered with the honor and reputation of any Roman citizen, and the Romans were not jealous of
the work of this Jew. But the Jews who were jealous of Christ said, "This man is preaching against Caesar and the State; He
is preaching the doctrine of rebellion among the peaceful Jews and citizens of the State; if you do not convict this man,
you are not a friend of Caesar", Pilate being thus forced against his will, was compelled to decide against Jesus, even though
he knew that Jesus had done no wrong.
After He was condemned Pilate still hoped to get his conscience clear by letting Jesus
go, in that he Pilate was empowered to release one criminal on Feast Day. When the time came for the condemned men to be crucified
Pilate asked them to choose between Barabbas, the robber and Jesus whom they called the King of the Jews, and they cried,
"Crucify Jesus and let Barabbas go". Pilate said, "What evil hath he done", but they cried the more "Crucify him".
So we have a relative position at this time, Selfish, jealous Negroes know they can
do nothing to impede the progress of the Universal Negro Improvement Association, and if left alone we will go on organizing
Negroes throughout the world, so they say: "We cannot handle Garvey and his Organization, as we have no power, let us go to
the State and Federal authorities, and frame him up, let us say he is an anarchist, a seditionist and is speaking against
the government", Like the Jews of old, they cry "Crucify him," or rather, "Send him to prison, deport him."
During Christ's sojourn on earth He taught many lessons, among them: "Blessed are they
which are persecuted for righteousness" sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven," This declaration has inspired men through
all ages to make their sacrifice in the cause of human liberty.
When we recount the many noble deeds of the heroes and martyrs of the various nations
and races of the world, who have sacrificed their lives in the cause of freedom, we will readily realize that this declaration
of Christ has proved itself true, Through the sacrifice of Jesus and the yielding up of His life on Calvary's Cross, the world
today has caught an inspiration that will live forever. In the time when He taught His doctrine few men believed in and followed
Him, but after the lapse of centuries we find that Christianity has become the greatest moral force in the world. As with
Christianity, so with every great human Movement taught under similar circumstances.
May we not say to ourselves that the doctrine Jesus taught—that of redeeming mankind—is
the doctrine we ourselves must teach in the redemption of our struggling race? Let us therefore cling fast to the great ideal
we have before us. This time it is not the ideal of redeeming the world, such as was the ideal of Jesus, but it is the ideal
of redeeming and saving 400,000,000 souls who have suffered for centuries from the persecution of alien races. As Christ by
His teachings, His sufferings and His death, triumphed over His foes, through the resurrection, so do we hope that out of
our sufferings and persecutions of today we will triumph in the resurrection of our newborn race.
SHALL THE NEGRO BE EXTERMINATED?
The Negro now stands at the cross roads of human destiny. He is at the place where he
must either step forward or backward. If he goes backward he dies; if he goes forward it will be with the hope of a greater
life. Those of us who have developed our minds scientifically are compelled, by duty, to step out among the millions of the
unthinking masses and convince them of the seriousness of the age in which we live.
From Adam and Eve
We are either On the way to a higher racial existence or racial extermination. This
much is known and realized by every thoughtful race and nation; hence, we have the death struggle of the different races of
Europe and Asia in the scramble of the survival of the fittest race.
As we look at things we see that the great world in which we live has undergone much
change since the time of the creation. When God created the world, and all therein, He handed His authority over to the two
beings He created in His own image; namely, Adam and Eve. From the time of Adam and Eve the human race has multiplied by leaps
and bounds. Where we once had two persons to exercise authority over the world, we to-day have one billion five hundred million's
claiming authority and possession of the same world that was once the property of the two.
The Tragedy of Race Extinction
When the Colonists of America desired possession of the land they saw that a weak aboriginal
race was in their way. What did they do? They got hold of them, killed them, and buried them underground. This is a fair indication
of what will happen to the weaker peoples of the world in another two or three hundred years when the stronger races will
have developed themselves to the position of complete mastery of all things material. They will not then as they have not
in the past, allow a weak and defenceless race to stand in their way, especially if in their doing so they will endanger their
happiness, their comfort and their pleasures. These are the things that strike the thoughtful Negro as being dangerous, and
these are the things that cause us who make up the Universal Negro Improvement Association to be fighting tenaciously for
the purpose of building up a strong Negro race, so as to make it impossible for us to be exterminated in the future to make
room for the stronger races, even as the North American Indian has been exterminated to make room for the great white man
on this North American continent.
The illiterate and shallow-minded Negro who can see no farther than his nose is now
the greatest stumbling block in the way of the race. He tells us that we must be satisfied with our condition; that we must
not think of building up a nation of our own, that we must not seek to organize ourselves racially, but that we must depend
upon the good feeling of the other fellow for the solution of the problem that now confronts us. This is a dangerous policy
and it is my duty to warn the four hundred million Negroes of the world against this kind of a leadership—a leadership
that will try to make Negroes believe that all will be well without their taking upon themselves the task of bettering their
condition politically, industrially, educationally and otherwise.
The time has come for those of us who have the vision of the future to inspire our people
to a closer kinship, to a closer love of self, because it is only through this appreciation of self will we be able to rise
to that higher life that will make us not an extinct race in the future, but a race of men fit to survive.
The Price of leadership
Those of us who are blazing the way in this new propaganda of the Universal Negro Improvement
Association to enlighten our people everywhere are at times very much annoyed and discouraged by the acts of our own people
in that consciously or unconsciously they do so many things to hurt our deeper feeling of loyalty and love for the race. But
what can we do? Can we forsake them because they hurt our feelings? Surely not. Painful though it may be to be interfered
with and handicapped in the performance of the higher sense of duty, yet we must, martyr-like, make up our minds and our hearts
to pay the price of leadership. We must be sympathetic, we must be forgiving, we must really have forbearance, so that when
the ignorant and illiterate fellow who happens to be a member of your own race stands up to block the passage of some cause
that you believe would be to his benefit and to yours as a people you will be able to overlook him, even though he fosters
his opposition with the greatest amount of insult to your intelligence and to your dignity.
The excuse that some of our most brilliant men give for not identifying themselves with
race movements is, that they cannot tolerate the interference of the illiterate Negro, who, being a member of the same organization
will attempt to dictate what you should do in the interest of the race, when his act is based upon no deeper judgment than
his like or dislike for the person he is opposing, or the satisfaction it would give him to embarrass the person he feels
like opposing. Many an able leader is lost to his race because of this fear, and sometimes we must admit the reasonableness
of this argument; but as I have said leadership means martyrdom, leadership means sacrifice, leadership means giving up one's
personality, giving up of everything for the cause that is worth while. It is only because of that feeling that I personally
continue to lead the Universal Negro Improvement Association, because like every other leader, I have had to encounter the
opposition, the jealousy, the plotting of men who take advantage cf the situation, simply because they happen to be members
of the organization, and that we may have to depend upon their vote one way or the other for the good of the cause. Not that
some of us care one row of pins about what the other fellow thinks, but when it is considered that we can only achieve success
through harmony and unity, then it can be realized how much one has to sacrifice as a leader for getting that harmony that
is necessary to bring about the results that are desired.
The White Race
We desire harmony and unity to-day more than ever, because it is only through the bringing
together of the four hundred million Negroes into one mighty bond that we can successfully pilot our way through the avenues
of opposition and the oceans of difficulties that seem to confront us. When it is considered that the great white race is
making a herculean struggle to become the only surviving race of the centuries, and when it is further considered that the
great yellow race under the leadership of Japan is making a like struggle, then more than ever the seriousness of the situation
can be realized as far as our race is concerned. If we sit supinely by and allow the great white race to lift itself in numbers
and in power, it will mean that in another five hundred years this full grown race of white men will in turn exterminate the
weaker race of black men for the purpose of finding enough room on this limited mundane sphere to accommodate that race which
will have numerically multiplied itself into many billions. This is the danger point. What will become of the Negro in another
five hundred years if he does not organize now to develop and to protect himself? The answer is that he will be exterminated
for the purpose of making room for the other races that will be strong enough to hold their own against the opposition of
all and sundry.
An appeal to the Intelligentsia
The leadership of the Negro of to-day must be able to locate the race, and not only
for to-day but for all times. It is in the desire to locate the Negro in a position of prosperity and happiness in the future
that the Universal Negro Improvement Association is making this great fight for the race's emancipation everywhere and the
founding of a great African government. Every sober-minded Negro will see immediately the reason why we should support a movement
of this kind. If we will survive then it must be done through our own effort, through our own energy, No race of weaklings
can survive in the days of tomorrow, because they will be hard and strenuous days fraught with many difficulties.
I appeal to the higher intelligence as well as to the illiterate groups of our race.
We must work together. Those of us who fire better positioned intellectually must exercise forbearance with the illiterate
and help them to see the right. If we happen to be members of the same organization, and the illiterate man tries to embarrass
you, do not become disgusted, but remember that he does it because he does not know better, and it is your duty to forbear
and forgive because the ends that we serve are not of self, but for the higher development of the entire race. It is on this
score, it is on this belief, that I make the sacrifice of self to help this downtrodden race of mine. Nevertheless, I say
there is a limit to human patience, and we should not continue to provoke the other fellow against his human feelings for
in doing so we may be but bringing down upon our own heads the pillars of the temple.
AFRICA FOR THE AFRICANS
For five years the Universal Negro Improvement Association has been advocating the cause
of Africa for the Africans—that is, that the Negro peoples of the world should concentrate upon the object of building
up for themselves a great nation in Africa.
When we started our propaganda toward this end several of the so-called intellectual
Negroes who have been bamboozling the race for over half a century said that we were crazy, that the Negro peoples of the
western world were not interested in Africa and could not live in Africa. One editor and leader went so far as to say at his
so-called Pan-African Congress that American Negroes could not live in Africa, because the climate was too hot. All kinds
of arguments have been adduced by these Negro intellectuals against the colonization of Africa by the black race. Some said
that the black man would ultimately work out his existence alongside of the white man in countries founded and established
by the latter. Therefore, it was not necessary for Negroes to seek an independent nationality of their own. The old time stories
of "African fever," "African bad climate," "African mosquitos," "African savages," have been repeated by these "brainless
intellectuals" of ours as a scare against our people in America and the West Indies taking a kindly interest in the new program
of building a racial empire of our own in our Motherland. Now that years have rolled by and the Universal Negro Improvement
Association has made the circuit of the world with its propaganda, we find eminent statesmen and leaders of the white race
coming out boldly advocating the cause of colonizing Africa with the Negroes of the western world. A year ago Senator MacCullum
of the Mississippi Legislature introduced a resolution in the House for the purpose of petitioning the Congress of the United
States of America and the President to use their good influence in securing from the Allies sufficient territory in Africa
in liquidation of the war debt, which territory should be used for the establishing of an independent nation for American
Negroes. About the same time Senator France of Maryland gave expression to a similar desire in the Senate of the United States.
During a speech on the "Soldiers' Bonus." He said: "We owe a big debt to Africa and one which we have too long ignored. I
need not enlarge upon our peculiar interest in the obligation to the people of Africa. Thousands of Americans have for years
been contributing to the missionary work which has been carried out by the noble men and women who have been sent out in that
field by the churches of America."
Germany To The Front
This reveals a real change on the part of prominent statesmen in their attitude on the
African question. Then comes another suggestion from Germany, for which Dr. Heinrich Schnee, a former Governor of German East
Africa, is author. This German statesman suggests in an interview given out in Berlin, and published in New York, that America
takes over the mandatories of Great Britain and France in Africa for the colonization of American Negroes. Speaking on the
matter, he says "As regards the attempt to colonize Africa with the surplus American colored population, this would in a long
way settle the vexed problem, and under the plan such as Senator France has outlined, might enable France and Great Britain
to discharge their duties to the United States, and simultaneously ease the burden of German reparations which is paralyzing
With expressions as above quoted from prominent world statesmen, and from the demands
made by such men as Senators France and McCullum, it is clear that the question of African nationality is not a far-fetched
one, but is as reasonable and feasible as was the idea of an American nationality.
A "Program" At Last
I trust that the Negro peoples of the world are now convinced that the work of the Universal
Negro Improvement Association is not a visionary one, but very practical, and that it is not so far fetched, but can be realized
in a short while if the entire race will only co-operate and work toward the desired end. Now that the work of our organization
has started to bear fruit we find that some of these "doubting Thomases" of three and four years ago are endeavoring to mix
themselves up with the popular idea of rehabilitating Africa in the interest of the Negro They are now advancing spurious
"programs" and in a short while will endeavor to force themselves upon the public as advocates and leaders of the African
It is felt that those who have followed the career of the Universal Negro Improvement
Association will not allow themselves to be deceived by these Negro opportunists who have always sought to live off the ideas
of other people.
The Dream Of A Negro Empire
It is only a question of a few more years when Africa will be completely colonized by
Negroes, as Europe is by the white race. What we want is an independent African nationality, and if America is to help the
Negro peoples of the world establish such a nationality, then we welcome the assistance.
It is hoped that when the time comes for American and West Indian Negroes to settle
in Africa, they will realize their responsibility and their duty. It will not be to go to Africa for the purpose of exercising
an over-lordship over the natives, but it shall be the purpose of the Universal Negro Improvement Association to have established
in Africa that brotherly co-operation: which will make the interests of the African native and the American and West Indian
Negro one and the same, that is to say, we shall enter into a common partnership to build up Africa in the interests of our
Oneness Of Interests
Everybody knows that there is absolutely no difference between the native African and
the American and West Indian Negroes, in that we are descendants from one common family stock. It is only a matter of accident
that we have been divided and kept apart for over three hundred years, but it is felt that when the time has come for us to
get back together, we shall do so in the spirit of brotherly love, and any Negro who expects that he will be assisted here,
there or anywhere by the Universal Negro Improvement Association to exercise a haughty superiority over the fellows of his
own race, makes a tremendous mistake. Such men had better remain where they are and not attempt to become in any way interested
in the higher development of Africa.
The Negro has had enough of the vaunted practice of race superiority as inflicted upon
him by others, therefore he is not prepared to tolerate a similar assumption on the part of his own people. In America and
the West Indies, we have Negroes who believe themselves so much above their fellows as to cause them to think that any readjustment
in the affairs of the race should be placed in their hands for them to exercise a kind of an autocratic and despotic control
as others have done to us for centuries. Again I say, it would be advisable for such Negroes to take their hands and minds
off the now popular idea of colonizing Africa in the interest of the Negro race, because their being identified with this
new program will not in any way help us because of the existing feeling among Negroes everywhere not to tolerate the infliction
of race or class superiority upon them, as is the desire of the self-appointed and self-created race leadership that we have
been having for the last fifty years.
The Basis Of An African Aristocracy
The masses of Negroes in America, the West Indies, South and Central America are in
sympathetic accord with the aspirations of the native Africans. We desire to help them build up Africa as a Negro Empire,
where every black man, whether he was born in Africa or in the Western world, will have the opportunity to develop on his
own lines under the protection of the most favorable democratic institutions.
It will be useless, as before stated, for bombastic Negroes to leave America and the
West Indies to go to Africa, thinking that they will have privileged positions to inflict upon the race that bastard aristocracy
that they have tried to maintain: in this Western world at the expense of the masses. Africa shall develop an aristocracy
of its own, but it shall be based upon service and loyalty to race. Let all Negroes work toward that end. I feel that it is
only a question of a few more years before our program will be accepted not only by the few statesmen of America who are now
interested in it, but by the strong statesmen of the world, as the only solution to the great race problem. There is no other
way to avoid the threatening war of the races that is bound to engulf all mankind, which has been prophesied by the world's
greatest thinkers; there is no better method than by apportioning every race to its own habitat.
The time has really come for the Asiatics to govern themselves in Asia, as the Europeans
are in Europe and the Western world, so also is it wise for the Africans to govern themselves at home, and thereby bring peace
and satisfaction to the entire human family.
THE FUTURE AS I SEE IT
It comes to the individual, the race, the nation, once in a life time to decide upon
the course to be pursued as a career. The hour has now struck for the individual Negro as well as the entire race to decide
the course that will be pursued in the interest of our own liberty.
We who make up the Universal Negro Improvement Association have decided that we shall
go forward, upward and onward toward the great goal of human liberty. We have determined among ourselves that all barriers
placed in the way of our progress must be removed, must be cleared away for we desire to see the light of a brighter day.
The Negro is Ready
The Universal Negro Improvement Association for five years has been proclaiming to the
world the readiness of the Negro to carve out a pathway for himself in the course of life. Men of other races and nations
have become alarmed at this attitude of the Negro in his desire to do things for himself and by himself. This alarm has become
so universal that organizations have been brought into being here, there and everywhere for the purpose of deterring and obstructing
this forward move of our race. Propaganda has been waged here, there and everywhere for the purpose of misinterpreting the
intention of this organization; some have said that this organization seeks to create discord and discontent among the races;
some say we are organized for the purpose of hating other people. Every sensible, sane and honest-minded person knows that
the Universal Negro Improvement Association has no such intention. We are organized for the absolute purpose of bettering
our condition, industrially, commercially, socially, religiously and politically. We are organized not to hate other men,
but to lift ourselves, and to demand respect of all humanity. We have a program that we believe to be righteous; we believe
it to be just, and we have made up our minds to lay down ourselves on the altar of sacrifice for the realization of this great
hope of ours, based upon the foundation of righteousness. We declare to the world that Africa must be free, that the entire
Negro race must be emancipated from industrial bondage, peonage and serfdom; we make no compromise, we make no apology in
this our declaration. We do not desire to create offense on the part of other races, but we are determined that we shall be
heard, that we shall be given the rights to which we are entitled.
The Propaganda Of Our Enemies
For the purpose of creating doubts about the work of the Universal Negro Improvement
Association, many attempts have been made to cast shadow and gloom over our work. They have even written the most uncharitable
things about our organization; they have spoken so unkindly of our effort, but what do we care? They spoke unkindly and uncharitably
about all the reform movements that have helped in the betterment of humanity. They maligned the great movement of the Christian
religion; they maligned the great liberation movements of America, of France, of England, of Russia; can we expect, then,
to escape being maligned in this, our desire for the liberation of Africa and the freedom of four hundred million Negroes
of the world?
We have unscrupulous men and organizations working in opposition to us. Some trying
to capitalize the new spirit that has come to the Negro to make profit out of it to their own selfish benefit; some are trying
to set back the Negro from seeing the hope of his own liberty, and thereby poisoning our people's mind against the motives
of our organization; but every sensible farseeing Negro in this enlightened age knows what propaganda means. It is the medium
of discrediting that which you are opposed to, so that the propaganda of our enemies will be of little avail as soon as we
are rendered able to carry to our peoples scattered throughout the world the true message of our great organization.
"Crocodiles" As Friends
Men of the Negro race, let me say to you that a greater future is in store for us; we
have no cause to lose hope, to become faint-hearted. We must realize that upon ourselves depend our destiny, our future; we
must carve out that future, that destiny, and we who make up the Universal Negro Improvement Association have pledged ourselves
that nothing in the world shall stand in our way, nothing in the world shall discourage us, but opposition shall make us work
harder, shall bring us closer together so that as one man the millions of us will march on toward that goal that we have set
for ourselves. The new Negro shall not be deceived. The new Negro refuses to take advice from anyone who has not felt with
him, and suffered with him. We have suffered for three hundred years, therefore we feel that the time has come when only those
who have suffered with us can interpret our feelings and our spirit. It takes the slave to interpret the feelings of the slave;
it takes the unfortunate man to interpret the spirit of his unfortunate brother; and so it takes the suffering Negro to interpret
the spirit of his comrade. It is strange that so many people are interested in the Negro now, willing to advise him how to
act, and what organizations he should join, yet nobody was interested in the Negro to the extent of not making him a slave
for two hundred and fifty years, reducing him to industrial peonage and serfdom after he was freed; it is strange that the
same people can be so interested in the Negro now, as to tell him what organization he should follow and what leader he should
Whilst we are bordering on a future of brighter things, we are also at our danger period,
when we must either accept the right philosophy, or go down by following deceptive propaganda which has hemmed us in for many
Deceiving The People
There is many a leader of our race who tells us that everything is well, and that all
things will work out themselves and that a better day is coming. Yes, all of us know that a better day is coming; we all know
that one day we will go home to Paradise, but whilst we are hoping by our Christian virtues to have an entry into Paradise
we also realize that we are living on earth, and that the things that are practised in Paradise are not practiced here. You
have to treat this world as the world treats you; we are living in a temporal, material age, an age of activity, an age of
racial, national selfishness. What else can you expect but to give back to the world what the world gives to you, and we are
calling upon the four hundred million Negroes of the world to take a decided stand, a determined stand, that we shall occupy
a firm position; that position shall be an emancipated race and a free nation of our own. We are determined that we shall
have a free country; we are determined that we shall have a flag; we are determined that we shall have a government second
to none in the world.
An Eye For An Eye
Men may spurn the idea, they may scoff at it; the metropolitan press of this country
may deride us; yes, white men may laugh at the idea of Negroes talking about government; but let me tell you there is going
to be a government, and let me say to you also that whatsoever you give, in like measure it shall be returned to you. The
world is sinful, and therefore man believes in the doctrine of an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. Everybody believes
that revenge is God's, but at the same time we are men, and revenge sometimes springs up, even in the most Christian heart.
Why should man write down a history that will react against him? Why should man perpetrate
deeds of wickedness upon his brother which will return to him in like measure? Yes, the Germans maltreated the French in the
Franco-Prussian war of 1870, but the French got even with the Germans in 1918. It is history, and history will repeat itself.
Beat the Negro, brutalize the Negro, kill the Negro, burn the Negro, imprison the Negro, scoff at the Negro, deride the Negro,
it may come back to you one of these fine days, because the supreme destiny of man is in the hands of God. God is no respecter
of persons, whether that person be white, yellow or black. Today the one race is up, tomorrow it has fallen; today the Negro
seems to be the footstool of the other races and nations of the world; tomorrow the Negro may occupy the highest rung of the
great human ladder.
But, when we come to consider the history of man, was not the Negro a power, was he
not great once? Yes, honest students of history can recall the day when Egypt, Ethiopia and Timbuctoo towered in their civilizations,
towered above Europe, towered above Asia. When Europe was inhabited by a race of cannibals, a race of savages, naked men,
heathens and pagans, Africa was peopled with a race of cultured black men, who were masters in art, science and literature;
men who were cultured and refined; men who, it was said, were like the gods. Even the great poets of old sang in beautiful
sonnets of the delight it afforded the gods to be in companionship with the Ethiopians. Why, then, should we lose hope? Black
men, you were once great; you shall be great again. Lose not courage, lose not faith, go forward. 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. If the world fails to give you consideration, because you are black men, because you are Negroes,
four hundred millions of you shall, through organization, shake the pillars of the universe and bring down creation, even
as Samson brought down the temple upon his head and upon the heads of the Philistines.
An Inspiring Vision
So Negroes, I say, through the Universal Negro Improvement Association, that there is
much to live for. I have a vision of the future, and I see before me a picture of a redeemed Africa, with her dotted cities,
with her beautiful civilization, with her millions of happy children, going to and fro. Why should I lose hope, why should
I give up and take a back place in this age of progress? Remember that you are men, that God created you Lords of this creation.
Lift up yourselves, men, take yourselves out of the mire and hitch your hopes to the stars; yes, rise as high as the very
stars themselves. Let no man pull you down, let no man destroy your ambition, because man is but your companion, your equal;
man is your brother; he is not your lord; he is not your sovereign master.
We of the Universal Negro Improvement Association feel happy; we are cheerful. Let them
connive to destroy us; let them organize to destroy us; we shall fight the more. Ask me personally the cause of my success,
and I say opposition; oppose me, and I fight the more, and if you want to find out the sterling worth of the Negro, oppose
him, and under the leadership of the Universal Negro Improvement Association he shall fight his way to victory, and in the
days to come, and I believe not far distant, Africa shall reflect a splendid demonstration of the worth of the Negro, of the
determination of the Negro, to set himself free and to establish a government of his own.