Trump Garvey Pardon?
Is it possible that Trump is considering granting a presidential pardon for Marcus Garvey?
Garvey was found convicted of mail fraud and sentenced to prison in 1923.
According to the Daily Beast (online news and opinion website), Trump associate, Roger Stone, told them he wrote Trump “a year ago” urging him to consider a Garvey pardon. Trump has not acted on the request and it’s unclear if he plans to do so . Stone did not return additional requests for comment, but in a Reddit forum in 2017 he explained that he had wanted the president to make the announcement during Black History Month, adding, “Yes I am serious.”
Marcus Mosiah Garvey is considered Jamaica’s first national hero. He was conferred with the Order of the National Hero in 1969 as per the second schedule of the National Honors and Awards Act.
During his career Garvey travelled extensively throughout many countries, observing the poor working and living conditions of black people.
In 1914 he started the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), in Jamaica. The UNIA, which grew into an international organization, encouraged self-government for black people worldwide; self-help economic projects and protest against racial discrimination.
In 1916, Garvey went to the USA where he preached his doctrine of freedom to the oppressed blacks throughout the country.
However, USA officials disapproved of the UNIA movement, and built a mail fraud case against Garvey which was meant to stop Garvey and his movement, which they considered dangerous.
Garvey’s family and supporters worked for a pardon for Garvey throughout the Obama administration. The Garvey family and several members of the Congressional Black Caucus pressed the then president for a pardon. Neither the Department of Justice nor the White House ever responded.
Garvey’s son, Dr, Julius Garvey has been working toward a pardon for his father for over three decades and had this to say in an interview last year with NBC news. "I had to grow up with the fact that my father was a convicted criminal, convicted in the United States of America which is the biggest and the strongest country in the world," he said. "It was very difficult for me as a young man to reconcile what I knew about my father, personally, and what I knew about my father from my mother, to reconcile that with a criminal conviction when it was clear he gave his whole life and sacrificed his family for African people."