54 African Proverbs as collected by Carter G. Woodson

In the Service of our Ancestors and African Love,
Listen Seeker, I come in peace,

“Not the greatest Master can go even one step for his disciple; in himself he must experience each stage of developing consciousness. Therefore he will know nothing for which he is not ripe.” — African Proverb

Critical for all of us is to internally develop our consciousness.  African Proverbs assist thusly.  In 1928, Carter G. Woodson wrote, “AFRICAN MYTHS TOGETHER WITH PROVERBS: A SUPPLEMENTARY READER COMPOSED OF FOLK TALES FROM VARIOUS PARTS OF AFRICA.”  In 2009, Dover republished the book.  Though the book has much more than 54 African Proverbs, Chancellor Williams in “The Re-Birth of African Civilization” (1993) republished these

54 African Proverbs
as collected by Carter G. Woodson

  1. “A man with wisdom is better off than a stupid man with any amount of charm and superstition.”
  2. “No man puts new cloth into an old garment.”
  3. “Regret causes an aching which is worse than pain.”
  4. “Remorse weeps tears of blood and gives the echo of what is lost forever.”
  5. “After a foolish action comes remorse.”
  6. “Hold a true friend with both hands.”
  7. “A counsellor who understands proverbs soon sets difficult matters aright.”
  8. “Nobody is twice a dunce.”
  9. “Remember that all flowers of a tree do not bear fruit.”
  10. “It is better to be poor and live long than rich and die young.”
  11. “A man may be born to wealth but wisdom comes only with the length of days.”
  12. “Boasting is not courage. He who boasts much cannot do much.”
  13. “Be courageous if you would be true. Truth and courage go together.”
  14. “Lies, however numerous, will be caught by truth when it rises up. The voice of truth is easily known.”
  15. “The laborer is always in the sun; the landowner is always in the shade.”
  16. “To love a king is not bad, but a king who loves you is better.”
  17. “He who marries a beauty marries trouble.”
  18. “Quick loving a woman means quick not loving a woman”” (a version of ‘marry in haste and repent at leisure.’)
  19. “The hawk, having caught my chicken, will not stay because it knows it has done wrong.” (An innate sense of what is right and what is wrong is not the exclusive possession of man.)
  20. “Hawks go away for the nesting season and fools think they have gone forever.”
  21. “A bird walking nevertheless has wings.” (One may have abilities not evident from what you see.)
  22. “Ordinary people are as common as grass, but good people are dearer to the eye.”
  23. “A matter dealt with gently is sure to prosper, but a matter dealt with violently causes vexation.”
  24. “Anger does nobody good, but patience is the father of kindness. Anger draws arrows from the quiver, but good words draw Kola-nuts from the bad.” (Brings out the best instead of the worst in an individual.)
  25. “A fruitful woman is the enemy of the barren, an an industrious man is the foe of the lazy.”
  26. “Beg for help, and you will meet with refusals; ask for alms and you will meet with misers.”
  27. “Birth does not differ from birth, as the free man was born so was the slave.”
  28. “My badness is more manifest than my goodness (because) you lock up my goodness in the room and you sell my badness in the market place.”
  29. “Know thyself better than he who speaks of thee. Not to know is bad, not to wish to know is worse.”
  30. “Ashes fly back in the face of him that throws them.”
  31. “Faults are like a hill; you stand on your own and you talk about those of other people.”
  32. “There is no medicine for hate; he is a heathen who bears malice.”
  33. “Men despise what they do not understand.”
  34. “He who injures another brings injury upon himself.”
  35. “Hate the evil which a man does, but do not hate the man himself.”
  36. “The evil doer is ever anxious.”
  37. “If you love yourself others will hate you; if you humble yourself others will love you.”
  38. “There is no wealth without children.”
  39. “It is the duty of children to wait on elders, not elders on children.”
  40. “If you love the children of others, you will love your own even better.”
  41. “Bowing to a dwarf will not prevent you from standing erect again.”
  42. “Wherever a man goes to dwell his character goes with him.”
  43. “Every man’s character is good to his own eyes.”
  44. “Charity is the father of sacrifice.”
  45. “He who waits for a chance may wait for a year.”
  46. “He who forgives ends the quarrel.”
  47. “At the bottom of patience lies heaven.”
  48. “Patience is the best of qualities; he who posesses it has all things.”
  49. “If one does good, God will interpret it to him for good.”
  50. “A person prepared before hand is better than after reflection.”
  51. “Lack of knowledge is darker than night.”
  52. “An ignorant man is always a slave.”
  53. “Whoever works without knowledge works uselessly.”
  54. “Today is elder brother of tomorrow, and a heavy dew is the elder brother of the rain.”

What do Whites have to do with Homicidal Blacks? Everything

In the Service of our Ancestors and African Love,
Listen Seeker, I come in peace,

“Judge by cause, not by effect.” — African Proverb

Last week Saturday, a friend of an associate was shot three times through a window. She died that day. She was 17. Her aunt, also shot, survived. The shooter was her sister’s estranged husband. He and his wife were scheduled to appear in court the following Monday regarding domestic violence. However he allegedly died of a cocaine drug overdose. It’s suspected he did his crimes, including the kidnap and rape of another woman, while on cocaine. My associate condemns the criminal. Europeans wrote out his friend’s eulogy. The final word on an African should be written by African people and the final condemnation should go to Europeans.

An African-Nationalist ought to be able to ask “What do Whites have to do with Homicidal Blacks?” and answer “Everything.” Partially in the Service of Jennifer Merriman, I write,

What do Whites have to do with Homicidal Blacks? Everything
By Onitaset Kumat

It is reasonable to assert that a thorough response to a question can rephrase the question in seven ways: intellectually, societally, industrially, functionally, ancestrally, elementally, and spiritually. For that reason I rewrite “What do Whites have to do with Homicidal Blacks?” as

Intellectually, what do Whites have to do with Homicidal Blacks?

In this world there are two types of people Blacks and non-Blacks or Africans and non-Africans; non-Blacks or non-Africans are Whites. The two people have different intellectual traditions. In the Western experience, the predominant intellectual influences are television, films and books; particularly popular culture, blockbusters and the Bible. In popular culture, sex, drugs and violence (which together is rape) is a staple; in blockbusters, mysoginy, drugs and explosions are typical; and in the Bible a homicidal and suicidal deity is the main interest. What’s more, the West is always in a state of war. Rape Culture, Mysoginy, Self-Destruction and Perenial Warfare are contrary to Africa’s intellectual tradition.

All together, if the Homicidal Black is not intellectually created by the non-African, the Homicidal Black is developed. The West, especially with its little regard for Africans and its expectation of Africans as Homicidal intellectually has everything to do with Homicidal Blacks.

Societally, what do Whites have to do with Homicidal Blacks?

There is a Societal Power Structure unique to every individual. Throughout the world, there’s a very common structure: Whites over Blacks. Whereas a husband and wife, father and son, mother and daughter may have their own unique relations, in the West and the East and even in Africa, Whites commonly have more Power than Blacks. One representation of this Power is who rewards and who punishes whom.

In an indigenous African Societal Power Structure, the Homicidal Black would answer to an African people; the justice would be fair if not timely. In the European Societal Power Structure justice is not a part of the system. Homicide, like self-hatred, is rewarded or the punishment more relates to rewarding other Europeans; for instance, a Homicidal Black may be enslaved in Prison where free labor is the sole aim or bail may be set to create an income for the city rather than protect other Blacks. Societally, inasmuch as Whites disable African Societal Power Structures and base their Power Structure on rewarding themselves, the Homicidal Black has everything to do with Whites.

Industrially, what do Whites have to do with Homicidal Blacks?

African people are the children of Africa and Africa is the world’s wealthiest land. In order for Whites to satisfy their greed, Africa must be unprotected and accessible. Destabilizing a nation in order to exploit it is a common practice in the West. Homicidal Blacks are an asset to Whites, as coalitions of Africans are less likely when Africans can not trust each other. Without coalitions, armies are less formidable and exploitation less challenged. To exploit Africa and African people Whites want Homicidal Blacks.

Whereas in traditional Africa for security reasons, Homicidal Blacks are discouraged if not unformed; in the West it is encouraged. When the warriors of a people are turned on themselves or the men turned on the women, the people are defeated and their resources are up for grabs. Europeans and Asians are in Africa right now as Blacks suspiciously at one another; this is how Whites designed it. Industrially Homicidal Blacks have everything to do with Whites.

Functionally, what do Whites have to do with Homicidal Blacks?

Every African Man, Woman, or Child ought to be a part of an African Nation wherein collectively we feed, clothe, shelter and teach ourselves and within this Nation every Man and Woman practices within the Nation’s Interest and every Child is taught to eventually practice in the Nation’s interest. This would be there function. This is what African Nationalism strives toward. This is not what Whites want of African people. Whites do not want us to feed, clothe, shelter or teach ourselves. Today we don’t. The Homicidal Blacks are pawns in the White game of keeping Africans from African Nationhood.

While not the only pawn, the Homicidal Black remains a blight in African Nationalism. Turned against his own kind, he keeps Africans from feeding ourselves. Whites don’t want us independent. They want us to depend on them. It’s so often we hesitate to go where we know our people are out of fear of danger, yet we feel safe and secure going where Whites are. This is on purpose. Functionally Homicidal Blacks have everything to do with Homicidal Blacks.

Ancestrally, what do Whites have to do with Homicidal Blacks?

Historians of varied complexions inform us of the Homicidal past of Whites. From China building a wall to ward off White Northerners to analysis of Battle Axe culture to the Genocides in America and Africa to the Inquisition and the Salem Witch Trials, when it comes to Homicide Whites are Masters of the Art. However, it’s impractical to say without evidence that White Nature has an influence on White Nurtured Blacks. Yet not only is there evidence; there is plenty of evidence.

We can observe the Homicidal Blacks of today and call it a wrap but that’s not sufficient evidence. What needs to be shown is a juxtaposition between Black Nurtured Blacks and White Nurtured Blacks or Blacks among Blacks and Blacks among Whites. Three prominent examples are none other than the Zulu Nation under Shaka Zulu, the Dahomey Empire under King Adahoonzou and Ancient Kamit under Amenhotep II. A long story short, Shaka Zulu was unique in Africa because prior to his association with Whites Africans did not war to murder one another; the Dahomey Empire was unique in Africa because it was one of the few nations which had an economy dependent on the enslavement of other Africans and Amenhotep II was unique in his time; it’s said he was more cruel than most Africans and his cruelty was accounted to his assimilation of foreign deities. In another article, “Dahomey, the Amazons and the Origin of Gangs,” the relation between Homicidal Blacks and European Assimilation are spelled out. In other words, ancestrally Homicidal Blacks have everything to do with Whites.

Elementally, what do Whites have to do with Homicidal Blacks?

Brothers and Sisters represent different elements: when Brothers are Fire, Sisters are Water; when Sisters are Earth, Brothers are Air and vise versa. This is gender balance in Africa. Outside of Africa and African people, gender balance is non-existent. Technically Kings and Queen-Mothers should emulate the elements at all times; but in the West the elements and our connection to Nature are hindered. Brothers barely know Fire outside of the stove and Sisters hardly know Water outside of the shower.

The Homicidal Black is a symptom of this disconnect from Nature. When once Africans resonated with the divinity in all things and sought balance in all places, the African in the West is unsure of divinity period. There’s no emulation of the elements but an imitation of the Whites. In this case, elementally Homicidal Blacks have everything to do with Whites.

Spiritually, what do Whites have to do with Homicidal Blacks?

It may be beyond my ken to know the Origin of Whites, yet if it’s true that all non-Africans have Neanderthal ancestry and African ancestry then something was very wrong with some of the Brothers and Sisters who left Africa and clearly something must be very wrong with their descendants. In the body, a small percentage of cells become cancerous; among individuals, a small percentage are born albino; whereas albinos are deficient in external melanin, I suspect that even among Africans a small percentage are born deficient in internal melanin. Regarding cancer, an acidic environment can increase its probability. I can not say how, but given that Whites are deficient in external and internal melanin, these may be the descendants of those deficient in internal melanin.

Melanin, besides from making one dark, makes one intelligent, sensible, responsible and civil. It’s very possible then for someone to be born uncivil or homicidal. White people are examples. However this means Homicidal Blacks can be ‘natural’ like how cancer or albinism is ‘natural.’ If true, it’s likely much more rare than represented. Nevertheless, it’s apparent that Whites and ‘naturally’ Homicidal Blacks have an affinity.  Therefore, spiritually Whites have everything to do with Homicidal Blacks.

African Games for African Self-Determination and Intellect

In the Service of our Ancestors and African Love,
Listen Seeker, I come in peace,

“Self-Determinant People Seek and Develop their own Peace, Possessions and Consciousness.” — African Blood Siblings Core Tenet

From Ethiopia to Kongo Mancala is a strategic numbers game. In Ancient Kamit, Senet combined luck and strategy in an exciting pasttime. Over a bowl of Joloff Rice two Africans are putting checkers to shame playing Yote. And among many curious minds the difficult magic squares are being made. Yet we colonized Africans play Call of Duty, Madden, Warcraft and the Sims, which not only pale strategically, but rely on us to think like them in order to succeed. Yet we the colonized will be the leaders? Only if we Sankofa first.

Chess (?) in Ancient Kamit

No people will truly be Self-Determinant without thinking like themselves (or as their ancestors thought.) The games assist. The games are a display of mathematical genius, of strategic prowess, of ancestral intelligence, of ourselves. Unfortunately, these games, in their online form, may not be created by African or created for Africans. So many among us can say that the representations listed below are not true to the rules. In fact, the rules of Senet from Ancient Kamit are claimed lost. Just as the rules for Chess may be. Nevertheless, with technology as it is, where one African can play another African across the globe, as a start, each of these games should be modified, where not only are the rules updated to reflect our ancestral rules, but a player, be they child or adult, can look at her win/loss record in Mancala and feel accomplished, and another can revisit the programming behind their favorite game to continue the legacy of Africans making

African Games for African Self-Determination and Intellect
Collected by Onitaset Kumat

Mancala

According to Robin Walker,* the oldest artifact of Mancala was discovered in Yeha in Ethiopia 2700 years ago. The game is also known as Gebet’a in Ethiopia. Usually the board is 2 rows of 6 holes with two larger holes at either end. The players must capture more stones or pebbles than their opponent. Advanced versions are found in Central and East Africa: Bao, Igisoro and Omweso. In an old Ugandan Kingdom a newly enthroned King had to beat his Prime Minister in Omweso to symbolize his ability to outwit and defeat his subjects strategically. In that advanced version there are 4 rows of 8 holes each, each player having 32 beans to play with. Lela was another version popularized by King Shamba Bolongongo in the Kongo around 400 years ago. He wanted to dissuade his citizens from gambling and proposed Lela as an intellectual alternative. In the Ashanti Empire, Wari or Oware was played on golden boards shaped as the royal stool. In the Songhai Empire it was called Sudanese Chess. It was even brought to Surinam in South America where our enslaved ancestors called it Adji Boto. In America, the game is sometimes called Kalah.

A version of the game, likely made by a European, can be played here: http://www.kongregate.com/games/SkillPodGames/mancala

When my wife saw me playing it, she lit up in joy shouting “Is that Mancala?!?” As a child, her mother would buy Mancala sets on holidays. There is a King here in New York selling the boards at festivals, yet many of us walk by him, ignorant of our history and prefering the recreation the Euorpeans certify as alright. I encourage African people to try this European version above (if they never played Mancala) but learn the rules from an African player and create a better digital version so that I don’t need to recommend a European creation on an African site.

Senet

This is very possibly the oldest game in history. Not the first game ever, but the oldest game for which there is any evidence. Down here in Brooklyn, the Museum has the board game on display. It’s three rows of squares. As it were, Europeans claim the rules are lost. And since we are locked out of our own temples, I can not say what the rules are. There is a version of the game, likely made by a European, that can be played here: http://www.kongregate.com/games/BulemicHippo/senet

It’s two player, but it can be made to go online. Game development is not difficult. It takes learning a little programming. There are tons of sites for that and we are the smartest people in the world. This is another game that I encourage Africans to make so that I don’t need to recommend a European creation on an African site.

Yote

As a child I loved checkers and performing the triple jump whenever I had the chance. Yote puts checkers to shame. I don’t think I’ve ever heard much about Yote. I had found Senet a year ago and Mancala a week ago, so I searched “African” on Kongregate (where I found both games) and saw Yote and enjoyed it. This is a version of the game likely made by a European: http://www.kongregate.com/games/jpgame/african-yote

It’s said the game is popular in Senegal. This can be made two-player or mulitplayer (online.) Game development isn’t so hard. I intend to dabble myself. But we should be programming these games ourselves. I really shouldn’t recommend European creations on an African site. So Africans get to it. If you don’t know what you want to do with yourself, or you find yourself with extra time and nothing to read, learn programming and make African games.

Magic Squares

Finally Magic Squares. A Magic Square is a table of numbers arranged such that every column, row and the two diagonals add up to the same number. This is something one can do with a paper and pad, although one can also do this online just for the fun of it. In 1732 a Hausa scholar from the University of Katsina, Ibn Muhammad, published a book with examples of three-order squares (3×3), five-order, seven-order, nine-order and eleven-order squares. As an example a three-order magic square can look like this:

4 9 2
3 5 7
8 1 6

Notice each row, column and diagonal add up to 15. It can also be reflected over an axis or rotated 270 degrees:

4 3 8
9 5 1
2 7 6

8 3 4
1 5 9
6 7 2

It’s known that odd-order magic squares must add up to a particular sum depending on what order the squares are. Finding this formula can be a mathematical exercise in and of itself. For your entertainment, I don’t need to type it out. Although Robin Walker included the formula in his book*.

A game like this is leagues more intelligent than Sudoku. A version on a phone that includes some numbers and challenges the player to fill in the rest would be a fun pasttime to give an African to challenge their mathematical genius.

Conclusion

These are games we once played. Today we waste our intelligence thinking like fools (Europeans). We are a long way from independent. We may need to learn their programming languages and study their literature just to create a game for ourselves. But as we start to veer in this direction, time may show that we have more to offer our children than money for the latest European creations. I hope this inspired you to take up programming. Here is a European site that should be introductory: http://www.gamedev.net/page/index.html

*Walker, Robin, “African Mathematics: History, Textbook and Classroom Lessons,” Reklaw Education Unlimited, London (U.K.) 2014 See: https://www.createspace.com/4925247

The Allegory of the Life Preservers

In the Service of our Ancestors and African Love,
Listen Seeker, I come in peace,

“Know Thyself, Be Thyself, Complete Thyself.” — Onitaset Kumat

It is critical for one on a boat bound for descent to suit herself and her family in a life preserver and when her people are safely equipped escape as a group. This is leadership. When one is unaware of the preservers or how to survive or escape as a group, then one needs to develop those qualities first and foremost. As African-Nationalist we tend to assume we have time before the boat descends. But it is sinking now. Self-Development and Organization-Seeking will Liberate us. Endeavors to the contrary are glorified Enslavement.

The Allegory of the Life Preservers
By Onitaset Kumat

I once observed a terrible tragedy. I was on a steamship cruising into the Caribbean when the boat was hit by rocket and a group of pirates rushed aboard. It was a hideous assembly: White men with semi-automatic weapons, military-grade grenade launchers and a penchant for foul language. I was one of the few calm passengers. Understanding the European to be a wretch whether he be prince or pauper, I merely treated them as I treat most, hiding my true intentions and looking out for my people.

After the initial attack, ripe with explosions, blood, and screams, the staff, crew and several passengers were slaughtered, thereby the pirate translator informed us that we are on our own regarding survival. The pirates then departed, as the ship descended rapidly with water rushing into every observable cabin.

I looked to my fellow African passengers, six including me, and informed each to follow me. I lead us into the life preserver room, wherein I put one on my person, gave one to my wife and told the other four to suit up and get out.

The tragedy was not the aforementioned assault by Europeans, for that’s a daily occurrence for most Africans. The tragedy is that one African hollered to the other Europeans that we found life preservers and took it upon himself to make sure everyone had a suit–there were 300 passengers and 200 suits. Needless to say, five Africans survived the attack and only one-hundred passengers survived. I imagine 300 Europeans fighting for 200 suits created conflict–keyword ‘Europeans.’

I had time to reflect on the situation and I found it’s lesson relevant to the daily experiences of African-Nationalists. We think we have time. Time is not a given. Time is earned. When an African can save himself he can save other Africans. Not before–keyword ‘Africans.’

I think of “Knowledge of Self” and the time we spend “teaching” without “doing.” The lack of “doing” will destroy us when “doing’s” time comes. For instance, tons of African-Nationalist youth scream endlessly on African Financial Independence, yet when they run their course of screaming they themselves are paycheck to paycheck. It must be advised, following the recruitment of a team, an African-Nationalist must become Prosperous, Independent and Communal. Outside of this the rhetoric is sonorous self-destruction.

A Collection of Proverbs for African-Nationalist Conflict-Resolution

In the Service of our Ancestors and African Love,
Listen Seeker, I come in peace,

“The seed includes all the possibilities of the tree.
The seed will develop these possibilities, however, only if it receives corresponding energies from the sky.” — African Proverb

Conflict between true African-Nationalists is a rarity; yet it is possible. Therefore African-Nationalists, particularly African-Nationalist leadership, need a tool to resolve conflicts. Our ancestors and ankobia have provided the wisdom. In the African Blood Siblings, if the conflicting individuals are unable to come to a resolution, the leadership must. The leader informs the membership of the conflict, shares in advance the following proverbs, formulates questions instrumental to the strategic advantages at stake and deliberates, with the membership, on resolving the conflict, ultimately judging the situation to advance our global restoration. Should a resolution entail the loss of a member, all members should be informed as to the justification, its relevance, its impact and its importance. All leaders are expected to strategically judge and effectively communicate the strategy upon request.

Too many African-Nationalist Organizations were destroyed internally. With faith, the African Blood Siblings presents this collection of proverbs to the world, in support of the strengthening of our institutions and other institutions at home and abroad.

Click here for PDF version of this post on Conflict Resolution.

A Collection of Proverbs for African-Nationalist Conflict-Resolution
By Onitaset Kumat

“Race, Nation, Family, Community First.” — Onitaset Kumat

“What reveals itself to me ceases to be mysterious―for me alone: if I unveil it to anyone else, he hears mere words which betray the living sense: Profanation, but never revelation.” — African Proverb

“A counselor who understands proverbs soon sets difficult matters aright.” — African Proverb

“No discussion can throw light if it wanders from the real point.” — African Proverb

“I did not choose my community (society/race); it is the community that chose me by giving birth to me/by bringing me where I am. The community has responsibilities to me as I have responsibilities vis-a-vis to it. Discrimination is a disease.” — African Proverb

“Hold a true friend with both hands” — African Proverb

“Men who are in earnest are not afraid of consequences.” — Marcus Garvey

“An ignorant man is always a slave.” — African Proverb

“The events which transpired five thousand years ago; Five years ago or five minutes ago, have determined what will happen five minutes from now; five years From now or five thousand years from now. All history is a current event.” — John Henrik Clarke

“Lies, however numerous, will be caught by truth when it rises up. The voice of truth is easily known.” — African Proverb

“Covet no land or riches that the Supreme Being does not naturally grant you.” – Brother G

“Whoever works without knowledge works uselessly.” — African Proverb

“I would never be of any service to anyone as a slave.” — Nat Turner(?)

“Be courageous if you would be true. Truth and courage go together.” — African Proverb

“When there is no enemy within the enemies outside cannot hurt you.” — African Proverb

“When you don’t know when you have been spit on, it does not matter too much what else you think you know.” — Ruth Shays

“To love the king is not bad, but a king who loves you is better.” — African Proverb

“If you want to know the end, look at the beginning.” — African Proverb

“You had better all die–die immediately, than live slaves, and entail your wretchedness upon your posterity.” — Henry Highland Garnet

“The cane used to beat the senior wife is waiting patiently for the junior wife.” — African Proverb

“When you were born she (your mother) made herself really your slave; the most menial tasks did not dishearten her to the point of making her say: why do I need to do this? When you went to school for your lessons, she sat near your master, bringing every day the bread and the beer of the household. And now that you are grown up, that you are marrying and founding, in turn, a family, always remember the care your mother devoted to you, so that she has nothing for which she can reproach you and does not raise her arms to God in malediction, for God would answer her prayers.” — African Proverb

“Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Hawks go away for the nesting season and fools think they have gone forever.” — African Proverb

“A matter dealt with gently is sure to prosper, But a matter dealt with violently causes vexation.” — African Proverb

“Instead of us airing our differences in public, we have to realize we’re all the same family. And when you have a family squabble, you don’t get out on the sidewalk. If you do, everybody calls you uncouth, unrefined, uncivilized, savage. If you don’t make it at home, you settle it at home; you get in the closet ― argue it out behind closed doors. And then when you come out on the street, you pose a common front, a united front.” — Malcolm X

“Anger does nobody good,
But patience is the father of kindness.
Anger draws arrows from the quiver,
But good words draw kola-nuts from the bag.” — African Proverb

“…education has but one honorable purpose, one alone, everything else is a waste of time……that is to train the student to be a proper handler of power.” — John Henrik Clarke

“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blow, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.” –Frederick Douglass

“If you do leave the principles of the community system, you become an errant and a deviant. The loss of one’s own rights of belonging to a community (society/nation) is maybe more harmful than an imprisonment for life.” — African Proverb

“When you teach a boy, you teach a person; but when you teach a girl, you educate a nation.” — African Proverb

“The family is like the forest, if you are outside it is dense, if you are inside you see that each tree has its own position” — African Proverb

“The Negroes, however, will not advance far if they continue to waste their energy abusing those who misdirect and exploit them. The exploiters of the race are not so much at fault as the race itself. If Negroes persist in permitting themselves to be handled in this fashion they will always find some one at hand to impose upon them. The matter is one which rests largely with the Negroes themselves. The race will free itself from exploiters just as soon as it decides to do so. No one else can accomplish this task for the race. It must plan and do for itself.” — Carter G. Woodson

“Do not repair another man’s fence until you have seen to your own.” — African Proverb

“There is no medicine for hate.” — African Proverb

“Within the community there are all alliances: community righteousness, marriage alliances, affiliation, friendship, relationship; there is no antagonism. It is pleasant to live within a community, for in the community, in the African concept, indeed your pain and pleasure are shared, your joys are doubled, even tripled. The community, your community as well as my community, is your place of joy, love and life.” — African Proverb

“He who injures another brings injury upon himself.” — African Proverb

“Hate the evil which a man does but do not hate the man himself.” — African Proverb

“He is a heathen who bears malice.” — African Proverb

“Seek to be part of a brotherhood, sisterhood, or group, for we accomplish more together than alone.” — Brother G

“Those who make or accumulate their wealth by robbing, exploiting, and plundering the innocent, ignorant, and helpless of humanity, are worse than murderers and hardened criminals; they are fiends, and should be outlawed and ostracized from society, caring not how munificent their after gifts and philanthropy to care for those they have already morally destroyed or harmed.” — Marcus Garvey

“The community is not hostile to a stranger. The community welcomes all human beings as long as they do not dare to interfere with its basic social practices/principles.” — African Proverb

“When the rat laughs at the cat, there is a hole.
The rat has no power to call the cat to account.
The rat does not go to sleep in the cat’s bed.” — African Proverb

“The evil doer is ever anxious.” — African Proverb

“Cowardice asks the question: is it safe? Expediency asks the question: is it political? Vanity asks the question: is it popular? But conscience asks the question: is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor political, nor popular – but one must take it simply because it is right.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

“If you love yourself others will hate you;
If you humble yourself others will love you.” — African Proverb

“The ends you serve that are selfish will take you no further than yourself but the ends you serve that are for all, in common, will take you into eternity.” — Marcus Garvey

“The greatest weapon the colonial powers have used in the past against our people has always been his ability to divide and conquer. If I take my hand and slap you, it might sting you because these digits are separated. But all I have to do to put you back in your place is bring those digits together.” — Malcolm X

“When the fox dies fowls do not mourn.” — African Proverb

“It is unfortunate that we should find ourselves at this time the only disorganized group. Others have had the advantage of organization for centuries, so what seems to them unnecessary from a racial point of view becomes necessary to us, who have had to labor all along under the disadvantage of being scattered without a racial aim or purpose.” — Marcus Garvey

“He who goes with a wolf will learn to howl.” — African Proverb

“Every man’s character is good to his own eyes.” — African Proverb

“A person who puts the interest of the individual before the interest of the group can be bought. Get rid of them.” — Ramisous

“Disobedience is the father of insolence.” — African Proverb

“African people need to stop shouting ‘nationtime’ until they are clear about the responsibilities of running a nation.” — John Henrik Clarke

“Freedom should ever be potent to repeal and annul the decrees of oppression, and repel the oppressor. The instant a person is claimed as a slave, that moment he should strike down the claimant. The natural rights of man are the faculties of option, heaven bequeathed, and endowed by God, our common Father, as essential to our being, which alone distinguishes us from the brute. The authority of the slaveholder ceases the moment that the impulse of the slave demands his freedom, and by virtue of this divine attribute, every black is as free as the whites in Cuba, and I will resist this night, and henceforth every attempt at infringement on my inherent privileges.” — Martin Delany

“In worshiping one’s own wealth one loses rights and social enjoyment of his/her community. Mûntu, the human being, is fundamentally a social being and, as such, his assumed private rights are very meaningless before the social and collective rights. A shared wealth procures more internal happiness.” — African Proverb

“You condemn on hearsay evidence alone, your sins increase.” — African Proverb

“It is not proper for those living near the riverbank to wash their hands with saliva.” — African Proverb

“A man’s disposition is like a mark in a stone, no one can efface it.” — African Proverb

“The maintenance of Order in our bodies, our spirits, our culture, our society, our lives as Afurakanu/Afuraitkaitnut is absolutely dependent on us embracing Divine Hate just as strongly and equally as we embrace Divine Law (Love).” — Odwirafo

“When the community leadership looses its direction, the community is oppressed. There is only the leadership and its direction that should be blamed in any social, economic or political crisis. One spits only at the leader.” — African Proverb

“Charity is the father of sacrifice.” — African Proverb

“When someone shows you who they are believe them; the first time.” — Maya Angelou

“The Negro in his present plight, however, does not see possibilities until it is too late. He exercises much “hindsight,” and for that reason he loses ground in the hotly contested battles of life. The Negro as a rule waits until a thing happens before he tries to avert it. He is too much like a man whom the author once saw knocked down in a physical combat. Instead of dodging the blow when it was being dealt he arose from his prostration dodging it.” — Carter G. Woodson

“He who waits for a chance may wait for a year.” — African Proverb

“He who forgives ends the quarrel.” — African Proverb

“Have no tolerance for evil and injustice, so that you will forever be known as blameless.” — Brother G

“Boasting at home is not valor; parade is not battle; when war comes the brave will be known.” — African Proverb

“It is vain that we talk of being men, if we do not the work of men. We must become valuable to society in other departments of industry than those servile ones from which we are rapidly being excluded. We must show that we can do as well as they. When we can build as well as live in houses; when we can make as well as wear shoes; when we can produce as well as consume wheat, corn and rye―then we shall become valuable to society.

“Society is a hard-hearted affair. With it the helpless may expect no higher dignity than that of paupers. The individual must lay society under obligation to him or society will honor him only as a stranger and sojourner.” — Frederick Douglass

“Patience is the best of qualities; he who possesses it has all things.” — African Proverb

“If one does good, God will interpret it to him for good.” — African Proverb

“If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

“The coming year is not out of sight, let us be up and work.” — African Proverb

“Holding your tongue only gets your hand messy.” — Onitaset Kumat

“Malice is consuming. Malice and misguided frustration creates a low vibration. However, Hate is effortless. Hate is light. To reject/hate disorder is to free your spirit from its burden. Your immune system destroying cancerous cells is not burdening you—it is freeing you….” — Odwirafo

“There are three friends in this world–courage, sense, and insight.” — African Proverb

“A person prepared beforehand is better than after reflection.” — African Proverb

“The day on which one starts is not the time to commence one’s preparation.” — African Proverb

“Nobody is twice a dunce.” — African Proverb

“The community leader is a dog’s head; everybody knocks upon it. One only spits at the leader. A true leader is an object of critics.” — African Proverb

“The consummation of conjugal union is the best security for political relations, and he who is incapable of negotiating to promote his own personal requirements might not be trustworthy as the agent of another’s interest; and the fitness for individuals for positions of public import, may not be misjudged by their doings in the private affairs of life.” — Martin Delany

“If the concept of community is annihilated/destroyed, the world is destroyed. If principles, concepts, norms and values that make world communities alive are violated, weakened or completely destroyed, the human being will easily destroy his world.” — African Proverb

“The actual sight of a first-class house that a Negro has built is ten times more potent than pages of discussion about a house that he ought to build, or perhaps could build.” — Booker T. Washington

“Trade is not something imaginary or descriptive, but something real and profitable.” — African Proverb

“Love is one thing, knowledge is another.” — African Proverb

“No race or people can well survive without an aim or purpose.” — Marcus Garvey

“Events within the community are not a rarity. Human community always has problems to confront. Life within the community is a perpetual debate. To be a community member is to be ready to confront problems.” — African Proverb

“Treat your guest as a guest for two days; on the third, give him a hoe!” — African Proverb

“Wisdom is not like money to be tied up and hidden.” — African Proverb

“Kill a warrior during skirmishes at home, you will remember him when fighting enemies.” — African Proverb

“One is expected to show fidelity and loyalty to one’s people.” — African Proverb

“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.” — Marcus Garvey

“The friend of a fool is a fool. The friend of a wise person is another wise person.” — African Proverb

“Be a community teacher/leader in order to know what goes on within the community. The real wisdom of a society and its very basic needs are only known by those who mingle with the reality of people’s daily lives in that society.” — African Proverb

“Where there is the community djinn (leadership), there is the center of the community. Societies like people have their hearts.” — African Proverb

“Do not count your chickens before they are hatched.” — African Proverb

“It should not to be taken for granted that people automatically grow and develop into responsible, community-oriented adults.” — Manu Ampim

“Any people who will vote the same way for three generations without thereby obtaining results ought to be ignored and disfranchised.” — Carter G. Woodson

“When a person hates you, he will beat your animals.” — African Proverb

“Non-order is the balance of Order while disorder/evil is the perversion of Order.” — Odwirafo

“Quick loving a woman means quick not loving a woman. (“Marry in haste and repent at leisure.”)” — African Proverb

“A bird walking nevertheless has wings.” — African Proverb

“Ordinary people are as common as grass, But good people are dearer than the eye.” — African Proverb

“Determination and perseverance move the world; thinking that others will do it for you is a sure way to fail” — Marva Collins

“Speak truth, do justice, be kind and do not do evil.” — African Proverb

“A man falls into the traps he sets for others.” — African Proverb

“Faults are like a hill; you stand on your own and you talk about those of other people.” — African Proverb

“The ruin of a nation begins in the homes of its people” — African Proverb

“If you offend, ask for a pardon; if offended forgive.” — African Proverb

“But gradually, with patience and hard work, we brought order out of chaos, just as will be true of any problem if we stick to it with patience and wisdom and earnest effort.” — Booker T. Washington

“He who travels alone travels fastest
He who travels with others travels farthest” — African Proverb

“We must organize to secure uniformity of utterance and action among the darker races and to meet organized wrong with intelligently organized resistance.” — John Edward Bruce

“Don’t condemn if you see a person has a dirty glass of water, just show them the clean glass of water that you have. When they inspect it, you won’t have to say that yours is better.” — Malcolm X

“The Neophyte must (I) control his thoughts (II) control his actions (III) have devotion of purpose (IV) have faith in the ability of his master to teach him the truth (V) have faith in himself to assimilate the truth (VI) have faith in himself to wield the truth (VII) be free from resentment under the experience of persecution (VIII) be free from resentment under experience of wrong, (IX) cultivate the ability to distinguish between right and wrong and (X) cultivate the ability to distinguish between the real and the unreal (he must have a sense of values).” — George G. M. James

“When the ax entered the forest, the trees said, “Look, the handle is one of us!” — African Proverb

“Defend Maat, Defeat Isfet.” — African Proverb

“Lust or Malice is one thing, and ignorance is another.” — Onitaset Kumat