The Rasta's hair (the locs) is spiritual and holy. By keeping the hair covered, some believe it shows spiritual respect. The Rastafari movement was born in the 1930s amongst the disenfranchised black communities of Jamaica to protest the oppression (or "downpression," in Rastafari terms) of those descended from African slaves. It spoke of the desire for blacks to repatriate (not immigrate) to Africa. The movement encouraged black people to take pride in themselves and to embrace their African heritage.