20 January Is Now “What’s Going On” Day

Photo by the Motown Museum

Marvin Gaye’s poignant song “What’s Going On” turns 50 on this day. To honour the anniversary, the state of Michigan will declare January 20th the What’s Going On Day.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer explains the wonderful decision: “Having this tribute on the calendar provides us with an important moment—one where we can come together as a unified state to pause, reflect and appreciate the need for ideas, perspective, love and understanding. These are values that mean more today than ever before. Through the recognition of ‘What’s Going On’ Day, we hope to bring awareness to Marvin Gaye’s profound words, as his timeless music remains in our hearts and minds and continues inspiring generations to come.”

CEO Motown Museum Robin Terry added: “This is a significant moment for the museum, our community, and Motown fans all around the world, and we’re thankful that the State of Michigan has partnered with us to recognize this date, as we begin our year-long celebration of this album.

As we come out of a very challenging year, it’s more important than ever to reflect on Marvin Gaye’s prolific and timeless lyrics to inspire a spirit of connection in 2021. ‘What’s Going On’ Day will serve as a reminder of his impact and legacy—bringing awareness to the issues of today, encouraging active dialogue between groups and individuals and acknowledging the important role Motown music continues to play in uniting us all.”

What a beautiful news, and we can celebrate this day every year from now on!

Sing along… “War is not the answer, for only love can conquer hate. You know we’ve got to find a way to bring some loving here today.”

20 January 2021

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