August 23, 2011

Mr. President, Marcus Has Been Dead for Ages?

Marcus has been "dead for ages"?
Where were you when Marcus founded the UNIA
When the "Burning Spear" led Kenya into a new day
When Senghor tore Senegal from the colonialist's pages
So African children would no longer be hunted as prey?

Marcus has been "dead for ages"?
Forget Marcus and you'll answer to the whirlwind that still rages
To novae stars whose light still guides our way
Whose memory is now betrayed when you say:
Marcus has been "dead for ages."

The Sunday Observer has acquired a copy of one letter sent by Parker to the US President, and the first ever reply from the White House on the matter .
"Marcus Mosiah Garvey is also a National Hero of Jamaica, West Indies and a leading forebear of the African American civil rights experience," wrote Parker.
"It is full time that this extraordinary human being of humble beginnings and strong moral character be pardoned by the pen of an American president. It would be fitting if both you, Mr President, and the first lady visit Jamaica for the purposes of signing the executive order pardoning Marcus Mosiah Garvey."
In a tersely worded reply to Parker's request, White House Pardon Attorney, Ronald Rodgers said such a move would be a waste of time and resources since Garvey had been dead for ages.

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