On Saturday, August 20, 2011, I have been invited by Jabulani Tafari to present Julius Garvey with the signatures on the petition to exonerate Marcus Garvey.
At present, there are 1000+ signatures. I would love to have 2000 signatures on this petition to demonstrate our community's appreciation for the work that his father did and our commitment to honoring Marcus Garvey as one of our heroes.
As Marcus Garvey wrote almost ninety years ago in "African Fundamentalism:
We must canonize our own saints, create our own martyrs, and elevate to positions of fame and honor black men and women who have made their distinct contributions to our racial history. Sojourner Truth is worthy of the place of sainthood alongside of Joan of Arc; Crispus Attucks and George William Gordon are entitled to the halo of martyrdom with no less glory than that of the martyrs of any other race. Toussaint L'Ouverture's brilliancy as a soldier and statesman outshone that of a Cromwell, Napoleon and Washington; hence, he is entitled to the highest place as a hero among men. Africa has produced countless numbers of men and women, in war and in peace, whose lustre and bravery outshine that of any other people. Then why not see good and perfection in ourselves?
Let's fulfill the challenge that Marcus Garvey set for us.
If you have not done so, please take the time to sign the petition and to tweet/email the url: http://signon.org/sign/clear-marcus-garveys
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