Thursday, May 20, 2010

40 Years Ago Today: "What's Going On?" by Marvin Gay (music video)

It was forty years ago today that Marvin Gaye released his classic hit "What's Going On?". The R&B star's music had come to reflect the growing unease among America's youth with the political status quo. The country was engaged in an unpopular and seemingly unending war in Viet Nam.

Racial tension was at an all-time high in the wake of Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination. Republican president Richard Nixon was abusing his executive powers. The air and water were made toxic by unchecked industrial pollution.

Celebrate the life and spirit of Marvin Gaye, Dr. King and all the civil rights leaders of of past by calling your elected officials today to ask them to move forward on passing ENDA and repealing DADT. Call the congressional switchboard at (202) 224-3121 today.

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