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Bob’s résumé carries more weight

Published:Monday | October 21, 2019 | 12:12 AM
Bob Marley
Bob Marley


I agree with Karl F. Watts’ article ‘The case for Miss Lou as national hero’ in yesterday’s Sunday Gleaner. Miss Lou has positively influenced Jamaica from many positive perspectives. She is universally loved – friend of all, enemy of none. Yes, she could be considered as an excellent hero candidate and fits many of the criteria.

The real question is: are there other ‘beloveds’, who are our sons and daughters, who have also had a major, significant global influence at home and abroad re Jamaica’s well-being and our overweight status in the world?

I think that Bob Marley – the revolutionary thinker, dreamer, singer and visionary with his music, message, philosophy – would be ahead of Miss Lou. He was once scorned by society, but Bob’s influence inspired freedom fighters to give their lives for the cause of freedom, justice, equality. He is a positive global symbol, recognised everywhere in the world, and reflects how one man from a small country can touch the world positively.

I love Miss Lou, but Bob’s résumé carries more weight.