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The legacy of Marcus Garvey

julius-gravyThe legacy of Marcus Garvey, one of the most outstanding and influential civil rights and anti-colonial leaders of the early 20th century, will be on exhibit at The National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution which open on Saturday, September 24.

Marcus Garvey had a vision and led a movement which espoused Black pride and Black self-reliance, economic independence and Black unity, garnered unprecedented support around the world. But he was wrongfully convicted in 1923 and his son, Dr. Julius Garvey, is now leading the effort, seeking a posthumous Presidential pardon. It’s been nearly 100 years and while justice has been delayed, it should not be denied.

The effort is seeking 100,000 signatures by Wednesday, September 28 as a first step in the process toward a posthumous Presidential pardon by President Obama.

To learn more about Marcus Garvey’s life and legacy and his wrongful conviction, please visit the official website at or go directly to the petition page and sign at

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