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To: African Union Headquarters, African Union Chairperson Office, African Union Mission to the United States, African Heads of State
Support the Creation of a Statue of the Honorable Marcus Garvey at the African Union HQ
Marcus Garvey was the major Pan-Africanist and anti-colonial champion of the first half of the 20th century.
He is honored worldwide with statues, street namings and plaques. He is Jamaica’s First National Hero and his bust stands in the Hall of Heroes of the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Julius Garvey, the only living son of Marcus Garvey, is the Chair of a coalition of organizations known as the Marcus Garvey Bronze Coordinating Committee. This coalition is working toward the creation of a statue of the Honorable Marcus Garvey at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
This is particularly important for African Americans that have been claimed by the African Union, as ' The Sixth Region' . This will be the first gift from The Sixth Region to the African Union Headquarters solidifying and amplifying relations between Africa and African Americans toward unified global policy and economic integration of both populations.
With this statue we desire to honor Marcus Garvey, perpetuate his memory and continue his legacy as foundational to the reconstruction of African Civilization and a United States of Africa with the Diaspora as the 6th region.
We therefore seek the support of all Pan-Africanists as well as well-wishers of African Unity to help bring this project to fruition by contributing revenue to the initial effort needed to craft and ship the statue.
Why is this important?
The Honorable Marcus Garvey is considered to be one of the major pillars of the Pan-Africa movement as he laid a foundation of African Philosophy and organized the largest global organization of African peoples.
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Garvey’s Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League had over 6 million members in 1926, with over 1000 branches in 42 countries in Africa and the Americas. Headquartered in Harlem, New York, the Organization had hundreds of properties and businesses while simultaneously engaging in the local, national and international political and social struggles of African people.
His comprehensive vision and work inspired others that came after him. Malcolm X’s parents were active members of Garvey’s organization and he influenced many African leaders such as Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana and Jomo Kenyatta of Kenya.
Because of his influence, his activities were carefully scrutinized and the Organization was infiltrated and targeted for destruction by J. Edgar Hoover of the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States government.
Garvey was fraudulently charged, convicted and spent 3 years in Federal Penitentiary due to perjured testimony, an empty envelope as the only evidence and a politically prejudiced court and District Attorney. This travesty of justice and violation of Garvey’s rights under U.S. law has brought about a continued and consistent call for Garvey’s exoneration and posthumous pardon.