Marcus Garvey On Reading
Don’t waste time. Any time you think you have to waste put it in reading something. Carry with you a small pocket dictionary and study words whilst waiting or traveling, or a small pocket volume on some particular subject. Read through at least one book every week separate and distinct from your newspapers and journals. It will mean that at the end of one year you will have read fifty-two different subjects. After five years you will have read over two hundred and fifty books. You may be considered then a well read man or a well read woman and there will be a great difference between you and the person who has not read one book. You will be considered intelligent and the other person be considered ignorant. You and that person therefore will be living in two different worlds; one the world of ignorance and the other the world of intelligence. Never forget that intelligence rules the world and ignorance carries the burden. Therefore, remove yourself as far as possible from ignorance and seek as far as possible to be intelligent.
"…More African than Thou…"
I don’t think Africans anywhere need to go to Africans anywhere else for lessons on how to be Africans, although we all have a lot to share with and learn from each other. There are no Africans who are “more African than thou,” in my view.
A Kenyan is not more African than a Nigerian, or a Haitian, or Brazilian, or LeRoy from up the block.
Pan-Africanism acknowledges Africans in all of their manifestations, Pan-Africanism understands that All Africans have a valid claim and an obligation to Africa and the securing of African Liberation.
If I want to be informed about Senegal, or Yoruba, or any particular aspect of the African world/reality, then I will ask those more learned in that area, but when ever I want to see a “real” African I just look in the mirror.
My experience is an African experience, just as much as the experiences of any other African anywhere else in the world.