Date: April 22, 1978

A decade after declaring independence from Britain, the island of Jamaica was locked in a bloody civil war between clashing political clans the People's National Party and the Jamaica Labour Party. Both had hired gunmen to police the streets and wipe out opposing voters, quickly obscuring the democratic process in gang violence and oppression. At the same time, Jamaica was gaining an unprecedented global influence through the spread of Reggae music, and Bob Marley was the face of the new genre. By 1978, members of both parties decided to channel Reggae's power and influence for a large benefit concert, with Bob Marley as headliner. During his set, Marley called for opposing politicians Michael Manley and Edward Seaga to join him on stage, and shook their hands together in a gesture of unity. It was meant to deliver a message to the people that they may not have been ready for—violence still plagued the island long after the concert—but it served as a symbol for how much Reggae music could affect the course of Jamaican history, as well as those who suffer throughout the globe.