Embracing Liminal Identity : Uncovering Hidden Diversity : Celebrating Cultural Mobility

Legacy: Bob Marley

As globalization and travel become more prevalent in today’s world, diversity and culture clash have
been direct results of these increasingly popular notions.

Although there may be a plethora of different cultures, ethnicities, and backgrounds, there are few elements of human nature that unite us as one. Music has the power to transcend arbitrary boundaries humans create to separate themselves from others. In a world where conflict, war, and dispute have become so prevalent, music has the ability to unify us all as one. As famous activist and popular musician Bob Marley once said when asked what he sought to accomplish through his music,

“Me only have one ambition, y’know. I only have one thing I really like to see happen. I like
to see mankind live together – black, white, Chinese, everyone – that’s all.”  Screenshot 2014-03-22 14.39.37

As Marley might agree if he were here today, music, although it may vary widely for each culture, is one of the few universal languages
we have. Through music, artists can cause audiences to incite activism, evoke peace and love, and so much more.

Dubbed as one of the greatest activist musicians in history, Marley was born as a child blended of European and Jamaican descent. Due to his heritage, he possessed a unique perspective on life. He was able to understand the frustrations of rejection and judgment, thus promoting value on the love and acceptance of all people. Marley was able to hault political bloodshed in his homeland of Jamaica by playing a peace concert. He promoted non-violent action by advising people to “Get
Up, Stand Up…..Stand up for your rights,” noted in one of his most famous songs.
Aside from promoting peace in his nation, Marley performed concerts around the world as well, in order to
spread his beliefs. One of his most famous quotes,

“I don’t stand for the black man’s side, I don’ t stand
for the white man’s side. I stand for God’s side,”Screenshot 2014-03-22 14.39.45

he said in effort to display his belief in equality. Marley was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and also received a number of other prestigious awards including the Peace medal of the Third World, and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

There’s no doubt that Bob Marley was able to change how we view music as humans. As our world continues to
become increasingly global and diverse, it is important that we recognize the power of music, and how it
can unify us all as one.

Enjoy this YouTube video from moga1985Bob marley “no woman no cry” 1979

By: Sydney Shalz

Growing up in a multicultural family, Sydney Shalz brings an interesting perspective to the table. Sydney first became interested in writing at a young age, and ever since, it has evolved into her passion, and hobby. She currently works in marketing at Colorado State University, and hopes to pursue a career in the field marketing in the near future.