Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery
None but ourselves can free our minds!

from Bob Marley – Redemption Song Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

These lines were derived from a speech given by Marcus Garvey, a proponent of Black Nationalism and Pan-Africanism:

We are going to emancipate ourselves from mental slavery because whilst others might free the body, none but ourselves can free the mind. Mind is your only ruler, sovereign. The man who is not able to develop and use his mind is bound to be the slave of the other man who uses his mind

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