All You Need is Love this World Beatles Day
This Thursday, June 25th, marks World Beatles Day. No, I am not talking about the bug. I’m talking about the timeless classic rock band, The Beatles. But, I feel as though, this World Beatles Day could be a little bit different. The day was created to commemorate the beginning of the band and to celebrate their legacy. Instead of celebrating the band, I think we could use this day to celebrate their lyrics and the messages they hold. Even though they were written in the 1960s, their message still holds truth today in 2020. It seems like their lyrics mean more now than ever.
The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. With a line-up comprising John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, they are regarded as the most influential band of all time. Thus, why there is a date to commemorate them. They rose to fame by playing in small bars and pubs around Liverpool and Hamburg for about three years before getting a manager. They became an instant success and the entire world caught what was known as “Beatlemania”. Over the course of their ten-year run, they released five albums together. Their songs became anthems for the counterculture – a group of people, primarily young adults, who came together to protest violence and promote peace.
Their song, “Come Together”, was originally written for counterculture “leader”, Timothy Leary, as a rally song. It was meant to be a song to be played at protests and rallies. The overarching message lies in the title: Come Together. The song depicts millions of people from different backgrounds coming together to fight for a common goal. The scene just described sounds like it could also be from 2020. That is the beauty of this song, it can age well because it’s universal theme can adapt to the times. As we, young people, fight racial injustice, we must remember to come together. This song serves as a reminder of that.
Another song of theirs that we should praise and preach on this day is “All You Need Is Love”. Much like “Come Together”, this song promotes the spreading of love and loving everyone. As we fight in this movement, it is important that we treat everyone equal, no matter their race or sexuality. Love and loving for one another is what is going to help everyone come together. As the Beatles say, love is all you need.
These are extremely unprecedented times we are currently living in. Unfortunately, this has happened before. History has a habit of repeating itself because we as humans, sometimes, do not learn from the past or our mistakes. History is repeating itself right now. The reason why the Beatles songs are so relatable is because we are living their fight as well. The messages in their songs are universal in that we must continue to fight and come together. On Thursday June 25th, I encourage you to go back and listen to their songs and really think about their lyrics. You will find we are feeling the same discouragement they were feeling in the sixties. I also urge you to donate as well. Last week I linked some Black led LGBTQ+ organizations, and I am going to do the same as it is Pride Month after all. Stay creative everyone.
Trans Justice Funding Project
This community-led funding initiative provides grants to support grassroots trans justice groups run by and for trans people. https://www.transjusticefundingproject.org
House of GG
Founded by Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, who was present during the Stonewall riots, House of GG is a safe and transformative space for southern communities of trans women of color.https://houseofgg.org
The Okra Project
The Okra Project provides home-cooked meals cooked by Black trans chefs, teaches its recipients to cook, and provides other resources to Black trans people who are experiencing food insecurity. https://www.theokraproject.com
Black AIDS Institute
Since 1999, this organization has worked to end the Black AIDS epidemic in affected communities across the country through advocacy and learning opportunities. https://blackaids.org