Black History Month, part II

We posted two new stories on www.locdlife.com this week, in case you missed it.

In this post, we continue our tribute to Black History Month with this man. Time magazine named one of his albums the greatest of the 20th Century. In Australia, the Aboriginal people of Australia continue to burn a sacred flame to honor his memory. Members of the Native American Hopi and Havasupai tribe consider him to be the fulfillment of an ancient prophecy. For many in Nepal, he is considered to be an incarnation of the Hindu God Vishnu.

Who is he? Nesta Robert Marley, whose name was later transposed by a Jamaican passport official to Robert Nesta Marley. “Bob” Marley, as the world came to know him, was born in Jamaica on February 6, 1945. He was a singer, songwriter and musician. His music transcended the boundaries of Jamaica, achieving him worldwide acclaim. He wore locs to symbolize his Rastafari beliefs. Many believe that it is he who made locs and reggae Jamaica’s most lasting imports. His music was so influential, that when then prime minister of Jamaica, Michael Manley, organized a free concert headlining Marley to ease political tensions, gunmen broke into is home and shot him, his wife and his manager. He recovered and performed two days later. Two years afterwards, he brought both Manley and his political rival, Edward Seaga together onstage during a concert where they both shook hands. His life was cut short by melanoma on May 11, 1981 at the age of 36.

There are many sources on the web about his accomplishments during his life. What struck us at Loc’d Life were his words—far more profound than his 36 short years. Here is a short collection of some of his quotations:

“I don’t have prejudice against meself. My father was a white and my mother was black. Them call me half-caste or whatever. Me don’t dip on nobody’s side. Me don’t dip on the black man’s side nor the white man’s side. Me dip on God’s side, the one who create me and cause me to come from black and white.”

“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”

“The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.”

“The people who are trying to make this world worse aren’t taking a day off. How can I?”
(when asked why he performed so soon after his shooting in Jamaica)

“Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.”

“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery.
None but ourselves can free our minds.”

“You can’t find the right roads when the streets are paved.”

“Until the philosophy which hold one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned…
Everything is war. Me say war.
That until there no longer 1st class and 2nd class citizens of any nation…
Until the color of a man’s skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes, me say war. That until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race me say war!”

“Until the end of the world, all whys will be answered, but now, you can only ask!”

“Money can’t buy life.” (his final words to his son Ziggy Marley)

For more on the life of Bob Marley, go to Wikipedia and www.bobmarley.com, the official site of his life and times.

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