Petition to President Obama: Issue full pardon, clear Garvey’s name
Our friend Geoffrey Philp is one of the good people leading the charge to clear the name of Marcus Garvey: a hero, leader and visionary who was persecuted for daring to believe and teach that blacks could empower themselves by standing together economically.
“Our union must know no clime, boundary, or nationality… let us hold together under all climes and in every country…”
“Unfortunately, however, he [Garvey] has not as yet violated any federal law whereby he could be proceeded against on the grounds of being an undesirable alien, from the point of view of deportation.”
J. Edgar Hoover writing to (BOI-FBI) Special Agent Ridgely October 11, 1919
“The first man of color to lead and develop a mass movement. He was the first man on a mass scale and level to give millions of Negroes a sense of dignity and destiny. And make the Negro feel he was somebody.”
Martin Luther King, June 20 1965 while laying a wreath at Garvey’s shrine in Jamaica.