Where after all do universal human rights begin? In small places, closes to home - so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any map of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person: The neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.
Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)
today is human rights day. in 1950, the u.n. general assembly established the day to honor the u.n. 1948 proclamation of human rights, the first global enunciation of human rights.
photo: music shop in the collinwood section of cleveland, ohio. december 2012
for today it seems only fitting to go around the world through music with playing for change. playing for change is an multimedia movement which seeks to unite, connect, and advance peace through music. click on the embedded link to learn more about playing for change.
today's song, steve wonder's 1973 hit song higher ground. in 2004 rolling stone listed the song among the 500 greatest songs of all time.
according to the portal there is an interesting story about the saving power of music with respect to this song.
'Ground' was recorded just before Wonder was involved in a near-fatal accident in August '73 that left him in a coma. Early in Wonder's recovery, his road manager sang the melody of 'Ground' into the singer's ear; Wonder responded by moving his fingers with the music.