Bob Marley In Memory

“One love, one blood, one life, you got to do what you should, one life, with each other, Sister, Brother.”
–Bono -U2

Bob Nesta Marley was brought into this world by a black women and a white man.
He was born on February 6th 1945 in Trench Town, Jamaica. Shunned by his white father
most of his life young Robert set his sights on becoming a singer.
At one point early on in his career Bob Marley reached out to his white family
for resources he badly needed to put out an album; he was rejected.

The white Marley family had the resources to help Bob but they would not claim him as one of their
own; rejected, but not defeated Bob Marley walked away from this very painful experience, but rather
feel bitter or sorry for himself, he turned the rejection into motivation and looks inside himself
and he knows that God is in him and with this knowledge he becomes stronger and his will to become
a world class super star will no longer be denied.

Today we remember Bob Marley for he left us on this day of May 11th 1981, still
Bob Marley is one of the most influential singers of the 20th century. He was, and still remains
a world icon, a symbol of peace and love.

Bob Marley was a strong member of the Rastafari movement, the culture was a main ingredient of
Reggae. Bob Marley was the instrument in taking Reggae world wide. Bob Marley was also a
Pan-Africanist and he believed in the solidarity of African people everywhere.
He was well educated and inspired by the teachings and life of Marcus Garvey.

Bob Marley was diagnosed with malignant melanoma in 1977, Bob died on May 11th 1981 in
Miami, he was just 36 years old.

The band U2 has a wonderful song called “ONE” and each time I hear it played I think of
Bob Nesta Marley.
The lyrics go:
“One love, one blood, one life, you got to do what you should, one life, with each other, Sister, Brother.”
–Bono (U2)

Charles Micheaux
Micheaux Publishing
Atlanta*

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