Bob Marley Day in Toronto

Feb. 6 is Bob Marley Day in Toronto.

Mayor John Tory, a friend of the Caribbean community and prior humanitarian award recipient, will be on hand tomorrow to do the honours at City Hall with a proclamation, which says:

“Whereas each year on Feb. 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 when they formed the legendary Bob Marley and the Wailers. Marley’s music captivated people of all cultures, broke music barriers and helped introduce reggae to the world.

Respected Jamaican-born lawyer and founder Courtney Betty notes that Marley became one of the greatest ambassadors of peace the world has seen.

The proclamation adds, “He used music to tear down walls of apartheid and promoted African unity, culture and world peace both at home and internationally, with songs, like One Love and Africa unite.”

Dr. Afua Cooper, professor and author, is among this year’s humanitarian awards recipients.