Bob Marley’s legacy lives!

Brooklyn’s Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke presents a copy of the resolution to Ziggy Marley in Washington DC at a special screening of the “Bob Marley One Love Biopic.”
Photo by Derrick Scott

Making it the biggest midweek Valentine Day haul ever, the “Bob Marley: One Love Biopic” took a step further in Washington, DC, last Wednesday at the special screening of the film held at Motion Pictures in Washington. Brooklyn Congresswoman, Yvette Clarke attending the event, presented to Ziggy Marley, son of the reggae legend a copy of the resolution she introduced to Congress.

Representative Clarke stated that the bill introduced to the United States House of Representative, is asking Congress to recognize the life and legacy of the legendary reggae icon.

In presenting the resolution, Clarke said Bob Marley was an activist for change, an ambassador of culture, and an icon for love. “He taught us to live kinder and care deeper. His wisdom will guide my heart and so many others. This musical genius was perfect in a lot of the things he shared, and it remains with us even today,” Clarke acknowledged.

The Congresswoman said the movie was exceptional and represents a tremendous opportunity to introduce the profound story, the timeless music, an incredible character, and an icon. The movie, according to Clarke, will bring about a renaissance of Bob Marley’s music, not only in America but around the world.

In making her comment regarding the production of the film, Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Audrey Marks said the Bob Marley story is long overdue. “I am happy the world will get an intimate look into Marley’s life, exploring his upbringing in Jamaica and providing a better understanding of the man behind the music,” Marks stated.

Ambassador Marks thanked the Executive Vice President of Global Public Policy and Government Relations for Paramount Pictures, Dede Lea, and the team at Paramount, as well as the Marley family for making the film possible.

The Paramount Pictures executive used the opportunity to announce that Paramount has also partnered with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, as the non-profit for the Bob Marley: One Love film to provide the One Love Social Impact Scholarships. Ms. Lea explained that the scholarships will support students pursuing degrees in social justice-related programs.

Paramount Pictures is giving $50,000 to support 10 scholarships that will be awarded to students attending Bowie State University, Clarke Atlanta University, Dillard University, Florida A&M University, Hampton University, Morehouse College, Morgan State University, Spelman College, Texas Southern University, and Xavier University of Louisiana. Applications are open from April 1 – April 30, 2024. To apply students can visit

The Bob Marley: One Love Social Impact Scholarships aims to honor Marley’s legacy as a cultural icon and his message of unity by supporting 10 rising sophomore, junior and senior students with $5,000 scholarships in pursuit of degrees in community organizing, nonprofit management, public, or social-justice degree programs who are attending the selected Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).