Groups urge Obama to exonerate Marcus Garvey

He built the largest organisation of black people in history.

WASHINGTON, July 5, CMC – Three Caribbean groups in the United States have launched a petition to President Barack Obama urging him to exonerate Marcus Mosiah Garvey, the Jamaican publisher, orator and entrepreneur, who built the largest organisation of black people in history.

His philosophy of Garveyism which called for global economic independence, inspired movements for Pan-African and Caribbean independence, Black nationalism and civil rights.

The Marcus Garvey Celebrations Committee, the Institute of Caribbean Studies, and the Rootz Foundation have cited Jamaica’s 50th independence anniversary and Garvey’s 125th birthday in August as “key reasons for fashioning this collective campaign”.

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