*Even in his death, Marvin Gaye is inspiring thousands to use music to change the world.
Singer John Legend is one of those who are leading the pack and on Tuesday, the singer, in partnership with the Kennedy Center, announced he will be encouraging youth to engage in social issues through a long-term music program for youth artists.
The program, named after one of Gaye’s most iconic compositions, “What’s Going On… Now?,” will allow artists to upload videos, photos, poems, music or any recording of creative expression to the project’s website to answer that question.
Gaye’s album was the first from Motown to tackle difficult social issues such as war, drug addiction and poverty. His 1972 performance at the Kennedy Center was a historic comeback for Gaye.
The Kennedy Center has partners in seven cities for the project, including Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Santa Fe, N.M. , reports the AP.