Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has officially declared February 6 as "Bob Marley Day." The Mayor's proclamation is in honor of the late Jamaican singer's advocacy "for human rights" and how he is "an international ambassador of peace." Marley, who was born in 1945 and died in 1981 would be 69 today.
Mayor Ford has been a long time Marley fan and was caught dancing to the singer's hit "One Love" in December during a council session. "I love Bob Marley," Ford said. "When I heard the song, I had to get up and dance. (Marley is) a great musician and I love his music."
Ford is clearly enjoying being Mayor and until he is convicted for alledgely smoking crack, his proclamation stands:
"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.
Bob Marley became one of the greatest ambassadors of peace the world has seen. He 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.Today, his music continues to be loved by many and is instantly recognized around the world.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor Rob Ford, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim February 6, 2014 as 'Bob Marley Day' in the City of Toronto."