NEW YORK (FOX 5 NEWS) - At 83, semi-retired Dr. Julius Garvey could be doing a lot of thing. Much of his time is being spent fighting for the name of his father, the late Marcus Garvey.
Marcus founded the Pan-African Movement. Now Julius is asking the first African American president to posthumously pardon his dad.
The fight for Marcus Garvey's name lives online and in person, and goes back to around 1919 when a young J. Edgar Hoover was fresh out of law school and with the Bureau of Investigations had his eye on Garvey. Julius says his father was set up.
Marcus became a fixture in the black community both in terms of his image and his ability to lift up the self-image of African Americans and black people around the world.
In 1922, Marcus was sentenced to 5 years in prison for mail fraud, although he served 2.5 years after his sentenced was commuted by President Calvin Coolidge.
Upon release he was deported back to native Jamaica. Julius says that at its core, he is here to give his father's name the respect it deserves, and President Obama can make it happen.