September 22, 2012

A Vulgar Contradiction

David McFadden, a reporter with the Washington Post, has written an article,"Jamaica hopes introducing Marcus Garvey’s teachings to kids will transform struggling society," in which he outlines the challenges of teaching Garveyism in Jamaica. 

While the Jamaican government is to be congratulated for implementing Garvey's work into the curriculum it is also a vulgar contradiction to honor Marcus Garvey's greatness while his reputation continues to be tarnished by the US government on trumped up charges of mail fraud. 

This is why the Marcus Garvey Celebrations Committee (South Florida), Rootz Foundation, and the Institute for Caribbean Studies, have joined to petition President Barack Obama to exonerate the Right Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey, the first National Hero of Jamaica.

It is hoped that Garvey's exoneration will accomplish three goals:

1. In the name of justice, initiate the PUBLIC rehabilitation of the good name/character of Marcus Garvey:

2. Honor the legacy hero in the struggle for Black identity

3. Reintroduce Marcus Garvey's ideas of self-reliance, personal responsibility, and success into the body politic.

Here is the link to the petition:


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