Truth and Reconciliations: Marcus Garvey
Typically, truth and reconciliations commissions are charged with “tasked with discovering and revealing past wrongdoing by a government...in the hope of resolving conflict left over from the past.” With the exception of the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the United States of America has never had national commission to uncover past wrongdoings before or during the Jim Crow era. If such a commission were to be established, the case of Marcus Garvey’s conviction on mail fraud by the Justice Department of the United States of America should be one of the first cases.
It is almost certain that any such commission would be able to provide proof of historical revisionism and human rights abuses against Mr. Garvey, as evidenced by the introduction of H. Con. Res. 24 to the 110th Congress by Representative Charles Rangel: “Expressing the sense of the Congress that the President should grant a pardon to Marcus Mosiah Garvey to clear his name and affirm his innocence of crimes for which he was unjustly prosecuted and convicted.”
This historical injustice committed against Marcus Garvey needs redress. It is for this reason that the Coalition for the Exoneration of Marcus Garvey has two simultaneous petitions to President Barack Obama (http://signon.org/sign/exonerate-marcus-garvey?source=c.url&r_by=4631897) and Congress (http://www.causes.com/actions/1722148-urge-congress-to-exonerate-civil-rights-leader-marcus-garvey)” to make whole” Mr. Garvey’s reputation from the calumnies and slanders that have surrounded his name.
And while the final deliberations of many truth and reconciliations commissions have been stymied because possible criminal prosecutions, in this case, only the restoration of Mr. Garvey’s “good name” is being sought. This is an issue that many conservatives, including the late Senator Jesse Helms who first introduced legislation for the clearing of Garvey’s name, and liberals such as Representative Charles Rangel who oversaw the hearings in the House of Representatives, can agree on. Marcus Garvey was wrongfully convicted and his criminal record, a moral blight on the reputation of the United States can be restored by his exoneration.
The President and the Congress have the power to execute this historically redemptive act: Exonerate Marcus Garvey.
The Coalition for the Exoneration of Marcus Garvey is petitioning Senator Bill Nelson, Representative Frederica Wilson, and the Congress of the United States of America for the exoneration of Marcus Garvey:
We are also petitioning President Barack Obama to exonerate Marcus Garvey:
Thank you for your support.