Obama didn’t pardon Garvey... moving right along to Trump

Sunday, February 12, 2017

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New York USA — They might not have achieved their objective while former President Barack Obama was in office, but organisers of a move to have National Hero Marcus Garvey pardoned for a 1928 conviction in the United States will continue.

Dr Julius Garvey, son of the national hero, said no approach has as yet been made to the new Donald Trump Administration, but that would come in due course.

He admitted that he was "disappointed" that former President Obama, the first African-American head of Government, did not issue the pardon which would have corrected "the wrong which was committed" — the wrong being the conviction of his father on mail fraud charges.

He noted that the fact that Obama was African-American and has a keen awareness of the role of Dr Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and Marcus Garvey in civil rights matters had made the disappointment even "more hurtful".

Obama was the last in a long line of US presidents to have disappointed the pardon Garvey movement, which believes that the Jamaican hero’s name was falsely sullied by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

At the height of his popularity, the charismatic Garvey was leader of the four million-strong Universal Negro Improvement Association which he founded.

Last year a move to secure 100,000 signatures to support the petition to have the national hero pardoned fell short and failed to get traction from the Justice Department or the Obama White House, despite support from US-born Jamaican congresswoman Yvette Clarke and other members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

The pardon issue was reportedly raised by then Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller during Obama’s visit to Jamaica in 2015, but it was unclear what response, if any, Obama had made.


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