Whether it's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. saying "somebody told a lie oneday," or Colin Powell speaking about the "dark vein of intolerance," the venomous racism, which began when the first African bound by chains stepped on the wet sand of the Americas, continues to poison us.
And although some believe that we've suddenly become post-racial because there's a Black family in the White House--I, too, would love to believe this--there's much work to be done as Dr. King suggested until people of African descent "sign their own Emancipation Proclamation."
But how do we, as Dr. King further advised, "Reach down as into the inner resources of our soul?"
The answer as I have advocated has always been by educating ourselves in the work of our ancestors such as Marcus Garvey, whose philosophy may be summed up in the phrase: "Self-help through education and economics."
For if racism is a poison, Marcus Garvey is the antidote.
If ever there was a time when Garvey's words were more apt, it is now: "Rise up ye mighty people."
We are petitioning President Barack Obama
and the US Congress
to exonerate the Right Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey.