Up, you mighty race, accomplish what you will!—Marcus Garvey

Marcus Mosiah Garvey fought for the liberation of his people. Now his people must fight for the liberation of his name. Garvey, who founded the UNIA, an organization dedicated to pride and economic self-sufficiency, inspired and motivated millions, including the parents of Malcolm X. He became so powerful that the United States government targeted him for wire fraud. Garvey was unlawfully prosecuted and imprisoned. In 1925, a petition was circulated to free Garvey. It got 70,000 signatures, which was enough to pressure President Calvin Coolidge. He commuted Garvey’s sentence with deportation as a stipulation. Garvey returned to Jamaica, but his name was forever tarnished