By: Harold G. Bailey
NEW YORK, Monday, October 3, 2016 :- A move by Jamaican community leaders across the United States to secure a presidential pardon for Jamaica’s National hero Marcus Mosiah Garvey, suffered a set back last week when they failed to gather 100,000 signatures to support a petition which is now before the Department of Justice and the White House for the pardon to be granted.
Garvey who migrated to the United States in 1915 was convicted on mail fraud charges in 1923, but many within the African American community and Jamaicans, in particular, have long felt that the charges were unjustified. They claim Garvey was falsely charged, convicted and imprisoned, “because of his success as a black man.”
Garvey had successfully launched a number of businesses in transportation , shipping among others, operating out of Harlem at the time. But it may have been his fierce advocacy for the improve treatment of blacks that most angered those in the then establishment.
Despite the failure to gather enough signatures to bolster its case, Dr. Juius Garvey – the hero’s son — who is heading the move to secure the pardon, said “the efforts will continue at the political and social levels.”
Earlier this year, congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke of Brooklyn announced that the Congressional Black Cacus was working to get president Obama grant the pardon before he leaves office.