Thursday, May 17, 2012

Poverty - as described by Marcus Mosiah Garvey

An important quote from one of the 20th century's greatest philosophers - Jamaica's own National Hero - Marcus Mosiah Garvey

Thank you, Joseph Cox - for sharing on Facebook:

(Gleaner photo - Riverton City)

"Poverty is a hellish state to be in.

It is no virtue.

It is a crime.

To be poor is

to be hungry without possible hope of food;

to be sick without hope of medicine;

to be tired and sleepy without a place to lay one's head;

to be naked without the hope of clothing;

to be despised and comfortless.

To be poor is to be a fit subject for crime and hell." - Marcus Garvey.


Let us work to end poverty:

"Work is prayer - do it well
To cool the heat in someone's hell"
- Jean Lowrie-Chin

'God's Unblinking Eye' - Souldance
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  1. ason why we should be teaching Garvyism from basic school to university!!!

  2. Can I get these photographs to use in a commercial for my charity? Please advise

  3. Please can you inform me as to whom I would need to speak to in terms of using these photographs for a commercial we are planning to produce on poverty in Jamaica?

    1. Took these photos from the web - when I googled 'poverty' - think they were UN related websites

  4. To understand poverty and the subject of poverty, without having experienced poverty, requires the gripping story of one who has; Marcus Garvey, who is not was not far from such a story, is the best author(ity)on the 'Ills of Poverty'. Best summed up in these revelatory words, is the understanding of poverty.