Sign Petition to Grant Marcus Mosiah Garvey A Posthumous Presidential Pardon of His Wrongful 1923 Conviction

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Published on August 31, 2016 with No Comments

 Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr

Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr

On the occasion of his 129th birthday, a petition started on the whitehouse.gov website to grant a posthumous pardon to Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr., ONH (August 17, 1887 – June 10, 1940).  Garvey was a Jamaican political leader, publisher, journalist, entrepreneur, and orator who was a proponent of the Pan-Africanism movement. The petition states Garvey should be posthumously pardoned for his wrongful conviction for his alleged use of the U.S. mail system in furtherance of a scheme to defraud.

During a time when Blacks were seen as second class citizens, Garvey led a mass movement to elevate the Black community through economic empowerment and independence. He was convicted after being targeted by J. Edgar Hoover and deprived of a fair trial. His sentence was later commuted by President Calvin Coolidge on recommendation by the U.S. Attorney General and with the support of 9 of the 12 jurors who voted to convict. Garvey never abandoned his movement to empower people of the African Diaspora. Garvey was recognized as a forebearer of the Civil Rights Movement by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X. Today, his legacy is celebrated the world over.

SIGN YOUR NAME TO THE PETITION HERE https://petitions.whitehouse.gov//petition/grant-marcus-mosiah-garvey-posthumous-presidential-pardon-his-wrongful-1923-conviction

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