500 Signatures! 4,500 To Go!
First, give thanks to all of you who signed the petition. It truly could not have happened without you.
And it couldn't have happened on a more auspicious date than August 1, 2012, Emancipation Day. For this is the idea to which Marcus Garvey livicated his life: "We are going to emancipate ourselves from mental slavery because whilst others might free the body, none but ourselves can free the mind."
Getting to this first milestone was not easy, and I've learned a few lessons that will be the subject of an upcoming post. What is remarkable, however, is the level of anxiety that the name Marcus Garvey still creates, and the reaction of some friends whom I thought would have been allies who are now actively opposing the online petition.
But there have also been surprises. The petition has received support from some people whom I would never have suspected to support Marcus Garvey and this has been gratifying.
So, onward! I am hoping that we will the 5,000-signature lifeline of August 17, 2012, the 125th Earth Strong of Marcus Garvey (more on this to come).
But the only way that we will reach the goal is if you urge at least 10 friends to sign the petition:
It won't happen unless you become involved. "It can't work unless you work it."
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