R A S T A F A R I

 Bob Marley was a devout follower of Rastafari, a belief in the divinity of Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I. Marley had a strong sense of mission behind his music, an awareness that he could bring enlightenment and change to the world by spreading the doctrine and way of life of Rasta through music. He urged his listeners to understand that "Almighty God is a living man."

 Rasta doctrine also embodies the teachings of Marcus Garvey, a Jamaican who called for repatriation to Africa. Bob's greatest hope was to establish a Rasta community "forward" in Africa, where he could realize the natural life style predicated by his beliefs.

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Speech to Parliament, Nov. 2, 1958.

Until the Philosophy Speech

Speech about Disarmament and Opportunity

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