The mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford , has issued a proclamation declaring today, February 6, Bob Marley Day in the Canadian city. The date coincides with what would have been the late reggae legend's 69th birthday.
The proclamation describes Marley as "an influential musician, advocate for human rights and international ambassador of peace." It also recognizes his work with his band The Wailers , noting that his "music captivated people of all cultures, broke music barriers and helped introduce reggae music to the world."
Regarding the positive message Marley tried to spread with his songs, Ford's decree states that the Jamaican singer "used music to tear down the walls of apartheid and promoted African unity, culture and world peace both at home and internationally, with songs like 'One Love' and 'Africa Unite.'" It sums up by pointing out, "Today, his music continues to be loved by many and is instantly recognized around the world."
Ford displayed his own love for Marley's music this past December, when he was captured on video joyfully dancing during a council meeting at Toronto's City Hall while a reggae band played a version of "One Love."
Ford, of course, has come under a lot of media scrutiny in the past year following a number of instances of public intoxication, making inappropriate comments and admitting that he has smoked crack.
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