Written by: Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO of Green For All
Crossposted on The Huffington Post. Read the original post here.
hroughout history, music has played a key role in helping inspire and breathe fire into efforts to combat injustice and create a better world. And it was never more important, or more memorable, than during the Civil Rights Movement.
"The freedom songs are playing a strong and vital role in our struggle,'' Martin Luther King, Jr. once said. ''They give the people new courage and a sense of unity. I think they keep alive a faith, a radiant hope in the future, particularly in our most trying hours.''
Now, nearly fifty years later, that still rings true. The challenges we face today are daunting: Poverty. Joblessness. Climate Change. But the movement to solve them is growing stronger and louder at every turn. We saw it just last weekend, when tens of thousands of activists streamed into Washington, D.C. from all over the country in order to demand action on climate change.
Green For All was founded on the idea that the best way to advance Dr. King's dream and the gains of the Civil Rights Movement is to create healthy communities, real economic opportunity, and dignified work for folks who have historically been left out--and that the growing green economy offers the most promise to do it.
We have never been closer to winning than we are right now. But our movement for a healthy, just, inclusive world still needs a soundtrack. That's why we've been calling on artists from across America to submit tracks that will inspire us in our efforts to fight climate change and cultivate economic justice. Our Third Annual Dream Reborn Song Competition offers an unparalleled chance for emerging artists to put themselves on the map.
We'll produce a high-quality music video for the winners of the competition, like we did for last year's winning song, "Seven Billion" by Silent C and Invest:
This year, we've received dozens of excellent submissions. There are just four days left to vote and help choose the winner--and the next anthem for our movement. You can listen to song entries HERE, vote, and share on Facebook to make your voice heard.