Rob Ford Declares 'Bob Marley Day' in Toronto

(Radio.com) Toronto mayor, Rob Ford is a fast and loose politician with a lot of ideas, a penchant for drugs and an inability to get embarrassed. Oh, and a love for Bob Marley, as we've all seen. So very fittingly, he has officially declared yesterday, February 6, "Bob Marley Day" in his city of jurisdiction.

In his proclamation, Ford makes his case for why Marley-who was born on Feb. 6 in 1945-is deserving of such a day, writing he is "an influential musician, advocate for human rights and international ambassador of peace."

Ford says Marley's music captivated "people of all cultures, broke music barriers and helped introduce reggae music to the world." And that Marley used his 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," Ford writes in the closing of his letter. more on this story

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