Marley was a great ambassador to the world preaching unity and justice for all. He wanted everyone to get along without violence. Not many people can measure the importance of Bob Marley to his people of Jamaica. He gave them an identity and a way to express. Bob Marley was a great man who was not only idolized by his country but by others who wanted to achieve freedom as well. His goal was to create peace with his talent of music. Throughout his music Marley ultimately changed the way we look at life as we know it.
In 1944, British Captain Norval Marley married Cedalla Booker, an extremely young Jamaican girl. On February 6, 1945 at 2:30am she gave birth to a Robert Nesta Marley in the small village of Nine Miles, Jamaican. Soon after Bob’s birth, his father was recalled and returned to England. Still he financially supported his son and occasionally returned to visit him. Around his 10th birthday his father died of a heart attack.
Through the years Bob suffered racial prejudice because of his mixed races of black and white. Although he questioned his own racial identity often, he never settled for one side.
“I don't have prejudice against myself. 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.” ~Bob Marley
In the late fifties the scarcity of jobs forced Bob and his mother from their home to seek employment in the big city of Trenchtown. Trenchtown got its name because it was built over a huge trench which was used to drain the sewage.... [continues]
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