Exonerate Garvey! Global Campaign  to Collect 100,000 Signatures Begins During Black History Month

Washington, D.C.: A global effort by ordinary citizens, scholars, community, and faith leaders has been  undertaken to petition President Joe Biden to grant a posthumous pardon to the Honorable Marcus Garvey. Spearheaded by the Caribbean-American Political Action Committee (C-PAC), the first goal of this global effort is to gather the required 100,000 signatures necessary to elicit a response from the President. To do so, the signatures must be collected within a stipulated 30-day period.

“Our goal is to get at a minimum, twenty-thousand signatures from each of the five continents,” says Dr. Goulda Downer, C-PAC’s Chair. “We will ask President Biden to honor the voices of our global citizens and make amends for the 1923 unjust persecution and imprisonment of the Honorable Marcus Garvey.” Marcus Garvey’s descendants believe that a Presidential pardon will acknowledge, and begin to right, the wrong committed against him, and by extension, the global community of African peoples. Marcus Garvey’s son, Dr. Julius Garvey said that “he taught us to be proud of being Black and reminded us of the power and majesty of our African heritage. The case against Marcus Garvey was politically motivated and his imprisonment unjust.”

February 2022, which is Black History month in the U.S., will be the apex of the effort.   

 This global exoneration effort aims to include individuals, groups, and organizations, within the continental geographic region. The expectation is to bring local, regional, and global awareness about the effort to collect the 100,000 signatures during February’s Black History month observance.

About Marcus Garvey:

Marcus Garvey was an outstanding and influential civil rights and anti-colonial leader of the early twentieth century. His movement, which espoused Black pride and Black self-reliance, economic independence, and Black unity, garnered unprecedented support around the world. The impact of his legacy still reverberates globally today. In May 1923, Garvey was unjustly convicted of mail fraud in relation to the operation of his signature program for Black economic independence, The Black Star Line. He was sent to prison and later deported to Jamaica. Consequently, his global movement for racial and economic justice never again regained its previous level of momentum and growth. To join the movement and receive updates, please visit justice4garvey.org and sign up.  

If you have any questions, please go to justice4garvey.org   and email  now@justice4garvey.org