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Feb. 6: Bob Marley is Born & Arthur Ashe Passes Away

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Every day during the month of February, WPGC will feature an important moment in Black history.  These daily vignettes are read by local children in the District and surrounding areas.

On Feb. 6, 1945, Nesta Robert Marley was born in St. Ann, Jamaica.  Later, he became known in the music industry as Bob Marley, legendary reggae singer. When he was 18, Marley joined forces with Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer to form Bob Marley and the Wailers, a band we performed with until his death in 1981. After a lineup change, a record label change and a relocation to England, the legendary singer was diagnosed with melanoma.  Even through his illness, he continued to tour.  His last show was in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Sept. 23, 1980.

During his life, he had a son named Ziggy, who will tours avidly.

On Feb. 6, 1993, Arthur Ashe passed away from pneumonia.  He was the first African-American tennis player to join the United States Davis Cup team as well as the only African-American to win a singles title at Wimbledon, the US Open, and the Australian Open.

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