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Pan Africanism And Rastafarianism

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Pan-Africanism encourages the unification all people of African descent. This belief gained popularity throughout the African diaspora in the 1970’s as “one of the manifestations of the Black Power Movement”(Britannica Academic, Encyclopedia). During the height of his career, Bob Marley utilized his positive social influence and Rastafarian faith to give a global view of Pan-African ideals in order to uplift his listeners and spread a message of peace and equality. During the post Civil Rights era, blacks in the United States had just received rights through the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the 1965 Voting Rights Act, and the 1968 Fair Housing Act. This federal legislation ended legal segregation and other discriminations that were deeply entrenched in American society. By the mid-1960s, Bob Marley ”[immersed] himself into the faith by Rastafari”(bobmarley.com). Rastafarianism is a religion, popular among Black Jamaicans, “[combining] Protestant Christianity, mysticism, and a Pan-African political consciousness”. At this time in his life, Bob Marley became more conscious about not just only the political issues in Jamaica, but the political issues and racial issues all over the world.
In 1963 Bob Marley joined local vocal classes where he met Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer. The men became friends and formed the iconic reggae music trio, The Wailing Wailers. Reggae music “evokes a message of universal suffrage,” (Reggae As Social Change: The Spread of Rastafarianism).
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