Bob Marley was born to a young black woman named Cedella in the village of Nine Mile in Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica on February 6, 1945. He was fathered by a man named Norval Sinclair Marley, an older white naval captain for the British military.
Even though Cedella and Norval married in 1945, Cedella's family didn't approve of the relationship. After the age of five, Bob never saw his father again, but Norval continued providing for the family financially. Due to his heritage, Bob had a lighter skin color that most villagers, and the feeling of being an outcast was a catalyst for his lifelong drive for equality and the triumph of the underdog.