As you all know, I love the music I grew up with in the 60s and 70s — especially the ones of peace and love and tolerance of difference…
Three Dog Night was a favorite of mine and very popular. Family of Man was a song of the times and the struggles of those decades. I think it’s hard for the younger generation to understand that they were not just about sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll, but there was a genuine grasping for peace and love of each other (platonic love that did not engage the 2nd chakra).
Martin Luther King, Jr., and John F. Kennedy were two leaders also trying for that. It was after JFK spoke about peace and changing his mind towards peace that he was murdered. That era was often referred to as Camelot. And if you don’t know what Camelot referred to, it was King Arthur and his viewing everyone as being equal, as he had a round table so that no one could use the position of power — the head of the table –as a means to shut up the others.
MLK was also taken out, I believe, for his stance on the Vietnam war and the poor. He felt so alone in the last days of his life because of his standing against the war and speaking up for the poor.
So the song Family of Man resonated with those struggles.
Here is the song: