Mother Teresa once said:
“We must know that we have been created for greater things, not just to be a number in the world, not just to go for diplomas and degrees, this work and that work. We have been created in order to love and to be loved.”
Some people understood this statement very well. Indeed, people like Rosa Parks and Bob Marley did. These two great minds had (and still have) an undeniable impact on the world today. Let’s go back, way back…
She is still known today as the “mother of the civil rights movement”. The famous woman, who refused to give up her seat on this bus, on this 1st of December 1955… Who would have thought that she would still be remembered for it today? This act of boldness was the beginning of a new era for the black community. This act inspired the black population of Montgomery, and gave them the courage to boycott the bus company.
To celebrate her courage, her statue will be placed at the Capitol Hill this year, making her the first African-American woman to be represented there.
Bob Marley (aka Tuff Gong)
The most well-known reggae singer/songwriter and musician of all time. This full head of locks grew up in Jamaica where he dedicated a large amount of his time to music. He first joined The Wailers, but after a while he decided to do his own music, while still working with the group.
Around the 1960’s, Bob Marley started to get a growing interest in the Rastafarian movement, which he joined later on. He became its biggest representative, in the world. This change influenced his music and enabled him throughout his solo career, as seen with his album Uprising. After his death, in 1981, he received many awards, such as the Medal of Peace from the United Nations and the Order of Merit from the Jamaican government. Still today, his influence is still felt through his family and reggae artists.
They have both influenced not only the black community but the world in their own way, and we thank them for that. May their soul rest in peace.
Photo Source(s): vibevixen.com
- Born On This Day in 1945: Reggae Music Legend Bob Marley (VIDEO) (goodblacknews.org)
- Who is the biggest reggae star on the planet right now? (midnightraverblog.com)
- Bob Marley: The Making of a Legend, DVD review (telegraph.co.uk)