Marcus Garvey Exoneration
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garvey exoneration
Targeting: The President of the
United States and The U.S. Senate
Started by: Marlene Jackson
To all justice lovers everywhere,
What's in a name? Well, most of us
don't give it a lot thought. However,
Marcus Garvey was a conscientious
man who taught excellence of
character and led by example. He
was accused of mail fraud and later
went to federal prison for a crime he
didn't commit. President Calvin
Coolidge granted Marcus  Mosiah
Garvey  a pardon on November 18,
1927, however he  was deported to
Marcus Garvey's
Why? The campaign is
a project undertaken
by The Institute of
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From the Office of the President-General
Universal Negro Improvement Association-
African Communities League Official
Statement on the Exoneration of Honorable
Marcus Garvey, Founder and President
General of the UNIA-ACL, 1914-1940.

The official position of the UNIA-ACL Parent Body on
this issue is that the Honorable Marcus Garvey
deserves to be completely exonerated and not
merely pardoned. A pardon* — especially a partial
pardon — is a tacit acknowledgement
that Mr. Garvey was guilty of a crime to begin with. He wasn’t,
and that fact needs to be stated by the American government.
His 1923 conviction for mail fraud was based on police
misconduct, harassment, and racial animus against a popular
Black leader.

That is and has been the UNIA-ACL’s official position since 1987,
the year of the 100th Centennial of the Birth of the Right Excellent
Marcus Mosiah Garvey. In 1986, Congressman Charles Rangel of
New York had introduced legislation for a joint House-Senate
Resolution to pardon the Honorable Marcus Garvey. The UNIA-ACL
requested an adjustment to that legislation, so that it would call for
exoneration (also known as a full and complete pardon), and not a
government restatement re-commuting his sentence. The UNIA-
ACL has been in full support of that legislation since then, and the
bill has been re-introduced in every session of Congress through
the 111th of 2009-2010.

In 1986-87, hearings were held before the House Committee on
Oversight and Government Reform, then chaired by
Congressman John Conyers. The Honorable Charles L. James,
then President-General of the UNIA-ACL; Marcus Garvey,
Jr.; Dr. Julius Garvey, M.D.; Dr Tony Martin, the noted historian;
Queen Mother Moore; Congressman Rangel; Dr.
John Henrik Clarke; Dr Yosef ben-Jochannan; Dr. Robert Hill; Judith
Stein, and many others testified before the committee.

The UNIA-ACL Presidents General from Reginald Maddox (1989-
1992), Marcus Garvey, Jr. (1992-2004), Redman
Battle (2004-2008), Nwalimu Gee (2008-2008), and Senghor
Jawara Baye (2008 to present), have unceasingly supported
efforts for Mr. Garvey's name to be exonerated and restored.

Former President General Redman Battle even
established an official Exoneration Committee, led by 2nd Assistant
President-General Yaw Kwayke Davis, to work
with Dr. Julius Garvey and Congressman Charles Rangel on this
legal issue. That committee remains functional today,
and it is still pursuing its exoneration objective.

Recently, we have witnessed an upsurge of citizen interest in this
issue. Several persons have written letters, signed
petitions, and sent e-mails to government offices requesting a
pardon for Mr. Marcus Garvey. **While the UNIA-ACL
is sympathetic to those efforts, they do not represent the UNIA-ACL’
s official position and those persons are acting
on their own. The UNIA-ACL Government demands an exoneration
for Mr. Garvey, and the only acceptable pardon
would be a complete and total pardon which expunges
Mr. Garvey’s conviction, eliminates any penalties, restores any
money or property lost, and is accompanied by a governmental
apology for violating Mr. Garvey’s rights and impugning his good
name. The Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey
deserves nothing less. His words and deeds are revered all over
the world and shall be forever.

One God, One Aim, One Destiny,
Senghor Jawara Baye
10th UNIA-ACL President-General/Administrator /petitions/exonerate


Michael Duncan

Raymond Dugue
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4th Assistant President-General

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Brenda Amoakon

Raymond Dugue
High Chancellor

Shaka Barak
Minister of Education

Marcus Garvey, Jr.
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