We the People: Petition the White House for a Presidential Pardon of Marcus Mosiah Garvey

On August 17, 2016, Dr. Julius Garvey held a press conference at the National Press Club in order to kick start a campaign to exonerate his father, the Right Hon. Marcus Mosiah Garvey.

To this end, the campaign has started a petition at the White House site (https://wh.gov/iLvaQ) and we need 100,000 goal signatures by September 28, 2016, to get a response from the White House.

Please sign the petition and pass this along to as many of your family, friends, and associates in your circle of contacts. We need every signature that we can get.

Here is the text of the petition.

Grant Marcus Mosiah Garvey a Posthumous Presidential Pardon of His Wrongful 1923 Conviction

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.

Subsequent research has confirmed the long held suspicion that Garvey was wrongfully convicted, targeted for his civil rights advocacy.  Here’s what we now know:


Garvey made no profit from the BlackStarLine and invested much of his own personal earnings and reputation into the company.


Using COINTELPRO tactics like infiltration and sabotage, Hoover targeted Garvey as part of a lifelong obsession to neutralize the rise of a “Black Messiah.”


Garvey’s conviction took place in a trial replete with bias and error, including insufficient evidence, perjury by a witness at the initiation of the government, and his proceeding as a criminal defendant without the benefit of a lawyer