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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is telling his city to get up, stand up and celebrate one of the most iconic musicians of all time by officially proclaiming Feb. 6 ‘Bob Marley Day.’ It also happens to be the day the Jamaican legend was born.

According to the Globe and Mail, the controversial mayor—who has admitted to drug and drinking problems—issued the following text lauding the long-departed musician:

Whereas each year on February 6, we honour the legacy of Robert (Bob) Nesta Marley, an influential musician, advocate for human rights and international ambassador of peace. 

His early career began with friends, the legendary Wailers, “Bob Marley and the Wailers.” His music captivated people of all cultures, broke music barriers and helped introduce reggae music to the world.



Article Courtesy of The Root

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