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Peter Tosh, Bob Marley, Malcolm X & Martin Luther King: Mystical Connections


Peter Tosh and Bob Marley in many ways were similar to Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. in the spiritual make-up of the historic iconic figures.

Peter Tosh and Malcolm X were considered the radicals of their times, both known for their forceful language that provoked thought as well as served as a call to revolutionary action.

Bob Marley and Martin Luther King, Jr. were the poetic expressions of the revolutionary spirit. Their use of language led to greater acceptance in society. This is evident when one observes that both Marley and King received official recognition from the respective governments under which they were born. Marley received titles from the Jamaican government, while King’s birthday/earthday is recognized on the third Monday of January in America as a federal holiday. On April 20, 1981 Marley received the Order of Merit, which is part of the Jamaican honours system and is the third highest honour conferred by the nation of Jamaica.

Tosh and Malcolm X have not received such honors or recognitions from the countries in which they were born. It has been primarily through grassroots efforts that both men have been recognized. Peter Tosh is revered in South Africa and his music served as inspiration for those fighting the racist Apartheid system. In the beginning stages of Hip-Hop, Malcolm X speeches were frequently used in its music contributing to the appreciation of his legacy amongst the Black masses. This ground swell of support of Malcolm X and what he stood for was co-opted by Hollywood and his life story or its distortion was made into a movie directed by celebrated director of African ancestry Spike Lee.

We also observe  parallels between the four men mentioned in regards to their skin complexion. Peter Tosh was darker than Bob Marley, while Martin Luther King, Jr. was darker than Malcolm X.  Tosh the darker one and considered more militant, with King being darker and Malcolm who was considered to be more radical as well as the lighter complexioned of the two. 

Other interesting observations include:

Height: Tosh and Marley had observable differences in height as did Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. Tosh was listed as 6 feet and 3 inches tall, while Marley’s height is given as a little over 5 feet and 7 inches.  Malcolm X was said to be 6 feet and 3 1/2 inches tall, and King’s height is listed as 5 feet and 6 1/2 inches.

Caribbean: Tosh and Marley obviously are from Jamaica. Malcolm X’s maternal grandmother was born in Grenada and Martin Luther King visited Jamaica on June 20, 1965. King also received posthumously in 1968 The Marcus Garvey Prize for Human Rights, presented by the Jamaican Government.

The Months of February & May: Malcolm X was assassinated on Feb 21, 1965.  Bob Marley was born on February 6, 1945. Malcolm was born on May 19, 1925 and Marley died on May 11, 1981. The organization that Martin Luther King led, the  Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) was founded on February, 1957.

The Name “Malcolm”: The name “Malcolm” was not only present with “Malcolm X” but also with Bob Marley. Marley’s mother Cedella Booker’s was born “Cedella Malcolm”. Marley’s maternal grandfather was Omeriah Malcolm.

The month of April: April 4, 1968 King is assassinated. On April 20, 1981, almost a month before Marley dies he receives the Order of Merit, from the government of Jamaica. The Order of Merit is third highest honor given by the nation of Jamaica.

The month of October: Malcolm X’s  mentor and spiritual teacher Elijah Muhammad was born on October 7, 1897. Peter Tosh was born on October 19, 1944.

We observe that the relationship between Peter Tosh and Bob Marley contain the same tensions as well as spiritual registers as the relationship between Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.

While not identical we can identify the same themes and patterns that occurred in the dynamics of interaction with the aforementioned men.

The role that methodology, individual style  and reaction by the governments that each was under are instructive. The individuals who can be identified as the most radical suffered the most violent death. Peter Tosh was murdered in his home by so-called thieves, while Malcolm was assassinated while giving a lecture in which his family was present in the audience.

Let us be clear, none of these men died a natural death. In the minds of many, all were assassinated despite the claims of the authorities who have spoken on the matter. But it goes beyond saying that the most brutal response of the “powers that be” can be seen with the deaths of Peter Tosh and Malcolm X.

To confuse the people, the government though offering resistance bestowed  honors upon Marley and King without living up to their legacy in their actions or policies.

The elements that the four men have in common may provide spiritual insight that must be understood beyond the false notion of coincidence. For in these elements there may be a message for us to learn from.

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6 Responses to “Peter Tosh, Bob Marley, Malcolm X & Martin Luther King: Mystical Connections”

  1. I have a problem with the overall premise of your article but I still think its really informative. I really like your other posts. Keep up the great work. If you can add more video and pictures can be much better. Because they help much clear understanding. 🙂 thanks Rusthawelia.

  2. Black soul, black soul.

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  4. nice article about these black heroes but the greatest of them all is Peter Tosh.A man who lived and died by telling the truth.may his soul R I P

  5. Great information. I agree with you guys. I add Nelson Mandela in the same manner or category you mention Bob Marley and Dr Martin Luther King junior and Professor Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe in Malcom X and Peter Tosh category.


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