Jamaica gov takes Petition out For Marcus Garvey’s pardon, after wrongful 1923 conviction in USA

The Jamaica government is again reaching out the the president of the United States of America, to consider granting Marcus Mosiah Garvey, the country’s first national hero, a posthumous presidential pardon of his wrongful 1923 conviction. This is the second attempt by the current ruling party to attempt to seek pardon from president Barack Obama. Back in 2011, a similar request was flatly rejected after Florida-based Jamaican-born attorney Donovan Parker sent numerous letters to president Obama.

This time however, the Jamaica government has decided to take another route, by filing this petition on the petitions page of the White House.

It reads:
Marcus Garvey should be posthumously pardoned for his wrongful conviction for use of the mails in furtherance of a scheme to defraud. During a time when Blacks were seen as second class citizens, Garvey led a mass movement to elevate the Black community through economic empowerment and independence. He was convicted after being targeted by J. Edgar Hoover and deprived of a fair trial. His sentence was later commuted by President Calvin Coolidge on recommendation by the U.S. Attorney General and with the support of 9 of the 12 jurors who voted to convict. Garvey never abandoned his movement to empower people of the African diaspora and he was recognized as a forebearer of the Civil Rights Movement by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X. Today, his legacy is celebrated the world over.

In order for president Barack Obama to respond to this petition, it needs at least 100,000 signatures; and there is only one day left to achieve this milestone.

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