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Multicultural Programs and Lindley Cultural Center to host Bob Marley Day

ATHENS, Ohio (Feb. 10, 2006) -- The Office of Multicultural Programs and Lindley Cultural Center will host the 2nd Bob Marley Day celebration, "Return of the King," on Friday, Feb.17, at 8 p.m. in the Baker University Center Ballroom.

Bob Marley Day"February is Black History Month," said Randi Congleton, assistant director of multicultural programs at Ohio University. "It is important that we celebrate all aspects of black history, which includes the Caribbean as well."

"When people come to celebrate they should expect great music, literature on places in the Caribbean, vendors selling crafts and other theme-appropriate items," Congleton said. "There will be student groups performing tributes to the life and legacy of Bob Marley."

The Bob Marley Day celebration will feature live music by the Jamaican Reggae band Nuhu, as well as samples of delicious, original Caribbean food. All members of the Ohio University and Athens communities are invited to the celebration. Admission is free and donations will be taken at the door to benefit the St. Patrick's Foundation, an organization that works in the inner city of Kingston, Jamaica. The foundation provides access to skills training, health programs and other programming in order to "empower the people of the community to become self-reliant and to develop into responsible citizens."

Bob Marley Day was founded in remembrance of the singer, songwriter, guitarist, activist and timeless legend, Robert Nesta Marley. Born Feb. 6, 1945, Bob Marley was raised by his mother in Nine Miles, St. Ann's Parish, Jamaica. At 14, Marley moved to the slum of Kingston's Trench Town where he would hone his musical styles of Ska, Rocksteady and Reggae into a lifetime of achievements and ultimately become one of the voices of his generation. Much of his music focused on the struggles of the impoverished and/or powerless. Songs of righteousness such as "Get up, Stand up;" "Natural Mystic;" "War;" and "Redemption Song" were Marley's signature on the world and his legacy.

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Media Contact: Randi Congleton, (740) 593-4026 or congleto@ohio.edu

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