New African Creed
1. i believe in the spirituality,
humanity and genius of Black people and in our new pursuit of
2. i believe in the family and
community and in the community as a family and i will work to make this
3. i believe in the community as
more important than the individual.
4. i believe in constant struggle
for freedom, to end oppression and build a better world. i believe in
collective struggle; in fashioning victory in concert with my brothers
5. i believe that the fundamental
reason our oppression continues is that We, as a people, lack the power
to control our lives.
6. i believe that the fundamental
way to gain that power, and end oppression, is to build a sovereign
7. i believe that all the land in
America, upon which We have lived for a long time, which We have
worked, and built upon and which We have fought to stay on, is land
that belongs to us as a people.
8. i believe in the Malcolm X
Doctrine; that We must organize upon this land and hold a plebiscite,
to tell the world by a vote that We are free and our land independent
and that after the vote, We must stand ready to defend ourselves,
establishing the nation beyond contradiction.
9. Therefore, i pledge to struggle
without cease, until We have won sovereignty. i pledge to struggle
without fail until We have built a better condition that the world has
10. i will give my life, if that
is necessary. i will give my time, my mind, my strength and my wealth
because this is necessary.
11. i will follow my chosen
leaders and help them
12. i will love my brothers and
sisters as myself.
13. i will steal nothing from a
brother or sister, Cheat no brother or sister, misuse no brother or
sister, inform on no brother or sister and spread no gossip.
14. i will keep myself clean in
body, dress and speech, knowing that i am a light set on a hill, a true
representative of what We are building.
15. i will be patient and
uplifting with the deaf, dumb and blind, and i will seek by word and
deed to heal the black family, to bring into the Movement and into the
Community mothers and fathers, brother's and sisters left by the
Now, freely and of my own will, i
pledge this Creed, for the sake of freedom for my people and a better
world on pain of disgrace and banishment if i prove false. For, i am no
longer deaf, dumb or blind i am, by inspiration of the ancestors and
grace of the creator....a New African. Summer 1993 Crossroad. c/o Spear
and Shield Publication, 1340 W. Irving Park Road, Suite 108, Chicago,
Illinois 60613 USA