Marvin Gaye’s protest anthem ‘What’s Going On’ was a powerful and groundbreaking song at the time of its release in 1971, but fast forward 50 years later and it is sadly still just as relevant for the world in 2021.
With the huge spark of protests in the US and around the world against racism following the death of George Floyd a year ago, the subject of police brutality and racial injustice is being discussed as much today as it was back then.
Marvin Gaye co-wrote ‘What’s Going On’ about the issues of the time, but little did he know that over 30 years after his death, tragically it still sounds as if it could have been written yesterday.
Gaye was inspired by social injustices committed in the US, including the 1965 Watts riots. On August 11, 1965, Marquette Frye, an African-American motorist on parole for robbery, was pulled over for dangerous driving. A minor roadside argument escalated into a fight with police, and six days of civil unrest followed. He was also influenced by emotional conversations shared between him and his brother Frankie, who had returned from three years at the Vietnam War, and his cousin Marvin’s death while serving troops.
This video is part of a collection of videos from Marvin Gaye’s iconic album “What’s Going On” being presented as a visual album for its 50th anniversary.
It is also our understanding that President Biden will be meeting with members of George Floyd’s family and is still committed to have signed police reform legislation.
Let’s continue to pray, protest, and VOTE….for justice and equality.
Video Courtesy of YouTube and Marvin Gaye
Picture Courtesy of Motown and Getty