Hype Life Magazine has gathered that Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller asked US President Obama, during his recent working visit to Kingston, to consider the exonerating the Jamaica’s first national hero, Marcus Garvey.
Marcus Garvey was convicted in the US of mail fraud in the 1920s.
It’s not clear whether Reggae singer Chronixx was aware of the developments before his social media rantings.
Simpson Miller who hosted Barack Obama for bilateral talks had asked him to exonerate Garvey, before Chronixx’s statement.
“It is the deep desire of the government and people of Jamaica to have Garvey exonerated of the conviction that got him deported back to his Jamaican homeland in 1927,” the PM said she told Barack Obama.
“I asked the president to consider the matter and to offer any support within his authority during his tenure in the White House, and beyond,” Simpson Miller said.
Barack Obama made no mention of Garvey during his public comments in Jamaica, neither did he visit his grave at the National Heroes Circle.
Garvey was the first person named a national hero following the Jamaica’s independence in 1962, and the government put his likeness on coins. He died in 1940.
He once inspired millions of followers with messages of black pride and self-reliance.
Born nearly 50 years after the abolition of slavery in Jamaica, Garvey founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association in Jamaica in 1914 and then built it into a mass movement in New York from 1919 to 1927.
From his Harlem base, Garvey urged blacks to be proud of their African ancestry at a time segregation was deeply implanted in the US and European colonialism still stretched around the world.
Garvey’s Pan-African philosophy urged blacks to return to the continent of their ancestors.
His supporters in Jamaica and abroad contend the US charges were trumped up to silence Garvey.