Black Booksellers Call To Pardon Prominent Black Activist

Black booksellers from all over America came together to form the Justice4garvey movement, which hopes to posthumously pardon Black activist Marcus Garvey.

Black booksellers from all over America are working together for a posthumous pardon of Marcus Garvey, a Black Nationalist political activist. Earlier in January, African American booksellers and independent Black publishers joined the Caribbean-American Political Action Committee through a Zoom conference to discuss Garvey’s unlawful and incorrect arrest. The completed Justice4garvey movement launched today with the hopes of encouraging President Biden to pardon Garvey of a crime he did not commit.

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Garvey was a prominent Black activist during the first half of the 1900s. He developed the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League and created the Negro World newspaper. However, he was also considered controversial because of his ties to the KKK and his preference for racial separation. The pardon concerns his arrest for apparent mail fraud in the 1920s, an action that many viewed back then as racially motivated. Because of his work in supporting and uplifting the Black community, he is considered an integral part of race history in America.

Already, the Justice4garvey petition has 100,00 signatures. The website will collect signatures between February 1 and March 1 and argue for Garvey’s posthumous pardon. A second conference held in February will feature statements by Julius Garvey, Marcus Garvey’s son, Greg Carr, a professor of African American studies, Nkechi Taifa, an activist, and Justin Hansford, a law scholar. For more information on the event, click here.

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