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Redemption Songs

Redemption Songs

by Jon Tattrie
FROM A SYDNEY SPEECH by activist Marcus Garvey in 1937, Jamaican reggae icon Bob Marley found inspiration for one of his greatest: “Redemption Song.”
From Marley’s live acoustic performance of “Redemption Song” at the end of his life,  “We are going to emancipate ourselves from mental slavery” springboards the reader into the book’s ambitions, including a look at the roots of Rastafarianism, a trio of first Canadians—the Frenchman Champlain, the African Da Costa, and the aboriginal chief Membertou—and the invention of racism.