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The head of the Caribbean’s top university is getting support from the region for his call on the outgoing American President to clean-up Marcus Garvey’s name before leaving the White House.

Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies Prof. Sir Hilary Beckles, over the weekend called on US President Barack Obama “to grant a posthumous pardon” to Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr., for his 1923 mail fraud conviction in the United States.

Supporting the call is St Lucia’s Chairman of the National Reparations Committee Earl Bousquet. The campaign is supported by the Jamaica Government, the Caribbean Reparations Commission, the Institute of the Black World 21st Century and members of the Congressional Black Caucus in the US House of Representatives.
 
A global petition campaign demanding that Garvey’s federal record be expunged has generated tens of thousands of signatures.
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