We Are The World
Start writing a post
Arts Entertainment

We Are The World

This week in history, some of America's favorite voices came together to support many around the world

115
We Are The World

During the early to mid-eighties, a widespread famine ravished the African country of Ethiopia. The worst famine to hit the country in a century killed hundreds of thousands but believe it was human rights abuses that brought on the famine harder and faster.

Around the world, many artists used their talents to bring awareness to the issues. Irish singer Bob Geldof released "Do They Know It's Christmas" in December 1984 and within twelve months of its release raise 8 million euro for famine relief. Another fundraiser headed by Geldof was the 1985 Live Aid concert featuring some of the world's favorite artists. The concert raised 145 million euro.

In January 1985, supergroup USA (United Support of Artists) for Africa came together to record "We Are the World". The single was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie and produced by Quincy Jones. The single featured many of the top artists of the time including Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Cyndi Lauper, Billy Joel, Kenny Loggins, Steve Perry, The Pointer Sisters, Diana Ross, Tina Turner, Bruce Springsteen, and many others. The song was officially released in March 1985, becoming a chart topper and raising $63 million.

25 years later, in February 2010, a new celebrity recording of 'We Are the World" was done to raise money for the earthquake victims in Haiti. In January 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, the country's most severe earthquake in 200 years. Over 200,000 citizens were confirmed dead and another 300,000 were injured. 75 artists participated in the new recording and the song was recorded in the same studio as the original. The new recording revised some lyrics and featured a rap segment pertaining to Haiti. Janet Jackson alongside her late brother, Michael, on a track which was archived from the original recording.

This was an amazing way for the world to come together for a specific cause. This was an amazing way for countries around the world to show their support for Africa and Ethiopia especially. It was a reminder to those citizens that they were not alone. It showed the strength of the human race. It was and still is a very powerful song that can be used in times of tragedy around the world. Recreating the song 25 years later for another devastating tragedy just shows how much we have continued to show our support for others. These kinds of acts shed some light even in the darkest of times. Our love for others, for strangers, is an amazing thing. We might not always be able to agree on the way things should be done, but we can certainly agree on how we show others that we care and that they are in our hearts, our thoughts, and our prayers.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
the beatles
Wikipedia Commons

For as long as I can remember, I have been listening to The Beatles. Every year, my mom would appropriately blast “Birthday” on anyone’s birthday. I knew all of the words to “Back In The U.S.S.R” by the time I was 5 (Even though I had no idea what or where the U.S.S.R was). I grew up with John, Paul, George, and Ringo instead Justin, JC, Joey, Chris and Lance (I had to google N*SYNC to remember their names). The highlight of my short life was Paul McCartney in concert twice. I’m not someone to “fangirl” but those days I fangirled hard. The music of The Beatles has gotten me through everything. Their songs have brought me more joy, peace, and comfort. I can listen to them in any situation and find what I need. Here are the best lyrics from The Beatles for every and any occasion.

Keep Reading...Show less
Being Invisible The Best Super Power

The best superpower ever? Being invisible of course. Imagine just being able to go from seen to unseen on a dime. Who wouldn't want to have the opportunity to be invisible? Superman and Batman have nothing on being invisible with their superhero abilities. Here are some things that you could do while being invisible, because being invisible can benefit your social life too.

Keep Reading...Show less
houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee
nappy.co

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

105174
college students waiting in a long line in the hallway
StableDiffusion

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments