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Marcus Garvey: Look For Me in the Whirlwind











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Primary Sources: Speech: A Place in the Sun

We have no animus against the white man. All that we have, as a race desired is a place in the sun. Four million people are too numerous not to have a place in the sun. (Applause and cries of "Hear, hear!") If 60,000,000 Anglo-Saxons can have a place in the sun, if 60,000,000 Germans can have, a place in the sun, if 60,000,000 Japanese can have a place in the sun, if 7,000,000 Belgians (groans and hisses) can have a place in the sun, I cannot see why, under the same principles, 400,000,000 black folks cannot have a place -- a big spot in the sun also. (Great applause.) If you believe that the Negro should have a place in the sun; if you believe that Africa should be one vast empire, controlled by the Negro, then arise, and sing the National Anthem of the Universal Negro Improvement Association.

At this juncture, the entire audience stood up and sang the anthem suggested by the speaker.

On concluding his speech, President-General Garvey took over the chairmanship of the meeting, and said: It now gives me great pleasure present to you the Rev. Dr. J. W. Eason, chaplain-general of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League. (Great applause.)

Excerpt from Robert A. Hill, ed. The Marcus Garvey and Universal Negro Improvement Association Papers, Volume II, August 1919 - 31 August 1920. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1983.



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