Toronto mayor Rob Ford has proclaimed a new holiday for the city: From now on, February 6 will be recognized as Bob Marley Day to correspond with the musician’s birthday. Ford’s official proclamation:
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.
Ford’s affinity for Marley is well-known. In December, amid controversy, the mayor was captured dancing to “One Love” on camera.
Over the last several months, Ford has refused to step down after video surfaced of him smoking crack, followed by bizarre behavior both in and out of city hall.