Do you dread locks? This guy unchained.

His father was a white 60-year-old plantation overseer; his mother, a black 19-year-old village girl.

He was bullied by his schoolmates and neighbors because of his mixed race.

By his early teens, he was living in the slums of Kingston, Jamaica.

He grew up when Jamaica gained independence and was thrown into a violent civil war.

He started a band and named it The Wailers because they were ghetto sufferers.

He began to see music as a way out of poverty and a tool to create social change.

On tour, they were fired because they were more popular than the headliners.

The Wailers disbanded in 1974.

In 1975, he had his first international hit, 13 years after recording his first song.

The song was called “No Woman, No Cry.”

In 1976, two days before a major concert, a gunman broke into his house and attacked him. He was shot but survived. He performed at the concert, two days later, in front of 80,000 people.

His fight for equality transformed him into an influential cultural icon.

He financially supported poor families in Jamaica.

In July 1977, he was found to have malignant cancer under a toenail. He refused to have his toe amputated on religious grounds. The cancer spread to his brain and he died four years later, at the age of 36.

He was buried in Jamaica with his guitar along with a soccer ball and a marijuana bud.

Watch snapshots of the life and times of Bob Marley in this very inspiring video from Goalcast.

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