Author appeals to President Obama to pardon a Caribbean Hero, Marcus Garvey

Author appeals to President Obama to pardon a Caribbean Hero, Marcus Garvey

Marcus Garvey heading inspirational parade in New York in the early 1900's

Author appeals to President Obama to pardon a Caribbean Hero, Marcus Garvey

Marcus Garvey heading inspirational parade in New York in the early 1900's
Marcus Garvey heading inspirational parade in New York in the early 1900’s

Jamaican author  Geoffrey Philp has penned a letter to outgoing US President Barack Obama (the first black president in US history) appealing for the exoneration of the Jamaica National Hero, Pan Africanist, and fighter for human rights who inspired the civil rights movement, the Rastafarian movement and anti-racism movements across the world, Marcus Garvey. Garvey was unjustly arrested by the US FBI director Edgar Hoover in response to Garvey leading the largest movement of people of African descent (at its height 6 million persons) in the struggle for economic justice, human rights, self-determination, Pan-Africanism and the fight against Racism, Oppression, apartheid, segregation and other atrocities at the beginning of the 20th century.

Here is the letter:

Mr. President, Pardon Marcus Garvey.

Miami, Florida (November 28, 2016) –In the wake of the recent elections and rising violence against people of color, the Coalition for the Exoneration of Marcus Garvey is urging President Barack Obama to issue a posthumous pardon to the Right Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey, who was wrongly convicted of mail fraud by the Department of Justice in 1925. By removing the stigma of criminal conviction, President Obama’s pardon would assist activists in their efforts to reignite Garvey’s message of empowerment within these communities that now face the prospect of increased infringements of their civil liberties.

Marcus Garvey, who has been lauded by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as “the first man…to give millions of Negroes a sense of dignity and destiny” has been a forgotten hero, especially among Millennials, in the struggle for human rights. President Obama, an heir to the struggle for civil rights in North America, should heed the call to pardon Marcus Garvey that has been echoed by the Prime Ministers of Jamaica, the Honorable Andrew Holness and the Honorable Portia Simpson-Miller; the Congressional Black Caucus; Andrew Young Foundation; Caribbean-American Political Action Committee, and the thousands of community activists who voted and supported him during the eight successful years of his presidency,

 

Contact: Geoffrey Philp, geoffreyphilp101@gmail.com

 

Jason Walker18 Posts

Patriot, Jamaican, Caribbean, Pan African, Humanist, Radio Personality, DJ. I have worked over 20 years as a Journalist for Caribbean Today Magazine, WRFG Radio 89.3 FM, Cross Over Media and several media outlets in the Caribbean and the US.

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