Bob Marley presented with UN Peace Medal, 1978

 

The United Nations’ Peace Medal of the Third World was given to Bob Marley on June 15, 1978. in New York City. The late singer and songwriter earned this distinction for his courageous work appealing for justice and peace during a time of political unrest in Jamaica. He is bestowed the award by the African delegation to the United Nations led by Senegalese Youth Ambassador to the UN, Mohmmadu “Johnny” Seka on behalf of 500 million Africans. The award recognized Marley’s efforts on behalf of millions of disenfranchised blacks around the world.  Bob is visibly moved, and particularly humbled,  by the presentation.

Bob Marley and the Wailers were in NYC to perform at Madison Square Garden as part of the 1978 Kaya tour.

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Marley’s Acceptance Speech

Jamaica Gleaner July 2, 1978

Jamaica Gleaner July 5, 1978

Jamaica Gleaner July 26, 1978

Jamaica Gleaner August 5, 1978