EFFORTS TO SECURE PRESIDENTIAL PARDON FOR JAMAICAN HERO HIT BUMP

Dr.Julius Garvey with Andrew Holness Jamaican prime minister at a Town Hall meeting in Queens where they appealed to attendees to sign a petition to get a presidental pardon for national hero Marcus Garvey Foreign mimister Kamina Johnson Smith and acting Consul General Derron McCreath are seated at left.

Dr.Julius Garvey with Andrew Holness
Jamaican prime minister at a Town Hall
meeting in Queens where they appealed to attendees to sign a petition to get a presidential pardon for national hero
Marcus Garvey
Foreign minister Kamina Johnson Smith and acting Consul General Derron McCreath are seated at left.

                          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.

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