August 1, 2021

Sign the Petition: Clear Garvey's Name

The Clear Garvey's Name Committee, co-chaired by Mayor Hazelle Rogers and Vice Mayor Denise Grant of Lauderdale Lakes, Florida, is requesting a Presidential pardon of the Right Honorable Marcus Garvey, founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association.

Despite his widespread influence in the struggle for human rights and his influence on freedom fighters such as Jomo Kenyatta, Nelson Mandela, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and Bob Marley, Marcus Garvey remains a criminal in the eyes of the Department of Justice of the USA. Our petition seeks to restore and make whole the good name of Marcus Garvey, who was unjustly convicted of mail fraud by the Bureau of Investigation, a forerunner to the modern FBI.

From the outset of his career, Marcus Garvey has been the subject of systematic erasure by various governmental and private agencies. As a result, his blueprint for achieving justice and economic empowerment, which he outlined in  "The Philosophy and Opinions of Marcus Garvey," remains largely unknown. However, since the death of George Floyd and the flowering of Black Lives Matter, the time has come to remove the stain of criminality from the name of Marcus Garvey.

A Presidential pardon of Marcus Garvey should be the goal of justice lovers everywhere. As Dr. Martin Luther King said, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly." Our failure to correct the historical record and restoring justice continues the threat of injustice as we seek truth, reconciliation, and restoration of the honor and dignity of a leader in the struggle for human rights.

By signing this petition today, you will assist us in correcting the Injustice against Garvey. When we succeed, we will have moved closer to bending the arc of the moral universe towards justice in our lifetime.

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