Success! June 7 is Prince Day in Minnesota

When Prince Rogers Nelson was found dead at his Minnesota home on April 21, fans around the world were devastated.

One of those fans was Care2′s Chris Burley, who as a would-be musician had been inspired by Prince’s unique music and art. Wanting to do something to honor Prince, Burley decided to start a Care2 petition, asking Minnesota to honor the artist with a special day.

“On behalf of Prince fans everywhere, I ask that you declare an official day of remembrance to honor this influential Minnesota artist’s enormous contributions to American music and culture,” reads Burley’s petition.

His request was directed to Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, and over 25,000 Care2 activists from around the world added their signatures of support.

Success!

Burley was thrilled that on June 7, he was able to add this update to his petition: 

“Victory! Thanks to you and thousands of people around the world,  Minnesota is recognizing today June 7 as Prince Day. Art like Prince’s helps shape the world.”

June 7 was selected since it was Prince’s birthdate; he would have turned 58 this year. You can read the Governor’s Proclamation by clicking here. It includes: 

“The untimely passing of Prince on April 21, 2016 impacted millions and has been marked with tributes and celebrations of his life and music across the world.

Prince Day will be celebrated in Minnesota on June 7, 2016, Prince’s birthday.

Minnesotans are encouraged to wear purple on Prince Day in honor of The Purple One’s enduring legacy.”

There have been numerous tributes to Prince since his untimely death. Many of these have focused on his music, as did most of the comments on the Care2 petition.

“My high school years of the greatness of his music (1984-1987) and dancing all night long in my 20′s (1990′s) to his Spectacular Greatest Hits – Side B CD! He ruled my world for two generations of my life!” wrote Tina Marie Johnson

“I love Prince and his music! My favorite is Purple Rain. I grew up listening to his music and still do. I couldn’t get enough of him. He was such an incredible, prolific, musical genius…. an amazing artist of all time!” added Debbie Wallace.

Prince The Humanitarian

But even though Prince Rogers Nelson was a groundbreaking musician, he was also a great humanitarian. As Care2 reported, on June 7, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) re-released Prince’s song “Animal Kingdom” for free download. The song reflects Prince’s decision to stay away from consuming animal products for most of his life.

One of the most moving tributes to Prince came from Van Jones, who teared up as he spoke about his close friend just one day after Prince’s death: “Prince was immensely charitable — giving away lots of money anonymously. As a Jehovah’s Witness, he was not allowed to boast about his donations. But he helped causes as diverse as public radio, Green For All, the Harlem’s Children’s Zone and Black Lives Matter.”

Burley noted in his petition that while Prince’s accomplishments were known around the world,  

“His loyalty to his home state of Minnesota was unshakeable. He continued to record at his Minnesota-based Paisley Park recording studio and remained a staple of the Minneapolis music scene, sometimes spontaneously joining local musicians on stage at local venues.”

That’s why a Prince Day in Minnesota was so important.

Take Action

You can do more to help musical artists, by signing this petition urging Spotify to increase their payments to musicians.

Congratulations to Chris Burley and all the Care2 members who signed his petition. And if you have a cause that you would like to champion, you can start your own petition, just as Burley did. This guide will help you get started, and soon you’ll find the Care2 community signing up to support you.

 

Photo Credit: Screenshot from YouTube video

35 comments

Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallusabout a year ago

Thank you for sharing.

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william Miller
william Millerabout a year ago

thanks

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Marie W.
Marie Wabout a year ago

Why not?

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Anne Moran
Anne Moranabout a year ago

I can think of maybe 5 songs in his whole repertoire,, and 2 of them were bubblegum... - There was a thing on CNN about him, and how strange he was/treated others.. - There were unflattering things said about him on this site, by people who live in his home state of Min. - I don't remember exactly, as it wasn't that important for me to retain... - But I do remember it being negative... - Hey,, the guy was no angel, and garnered a pretty BIG EGO as do most ''famous'' people... - Anyway, it's sad he didn't get help for his 'obvious' addiction, but I guess that was part of his destiny...

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Jan N.
Jan Nabout a year ago

I don't idolize him, I was a casual fan of his music some years ago. I dispute your characterization of him as just another drug addict.

I don't know about Canada, but in the US doctors have a Day, Nurses have both a Day and a week. Surgeons don't get their own day, they are included in Doctors Day. Caregivers and teachers also have their own Day. Pretty much everybody gets a Day, so giving Prince one isn't depriving anyone. We hand out Days like candy.

Strangely, I have seen no stories on this site about him from people who worked with him. None, and I'm on here daily. Regardless, he was still a musical...not genius, but prodigy certainly.

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Anne Moran
Anne Moranabout a year ago

Jan. N. - Do you think if he met you on the street, he would have given you the time of day ?? - I think not... - Is his life more important than yours ?? - I think not... - So again,, I don't believe in 'idolatry'... - Rather have A DAY for doctors, nurses, surgeons, caregivers, teachers,, you know,, the ones that make a REAL difference, and that would save your life, should you need it... - BTW,, stories were told on this site, by various people that worked with him, in his circle, that he wasn't exactly a nice guy... - Anyway,, go ahead and idolize this guy,, if that's what makes you feel good..

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Jan N.
Jan Nabout a year ago

Well, Anne Moran, there's B.B. King Day is Mississippi, an annual Jonn Denver Celebfation in Aspen, Johnny Cash Day, Donna Summer Day in Massachusetts and John Lennon Day in New York since you specifically mentioned them. I'm sure there are many other performers with "Days" as well. Get my drift? In what way didn't he treat people well? If you're going to throw out a statement like that you need to provide concrete examples. I know he had an expensive "cuss jar" at Paisley Park, is that considered not treating people well?

Some people are different in the impact they make and Prince made a huge impact on music. Honoring him with a "Day" is hardly out of the norm.

Your argument doesn't hold water.

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Anne Moran
Anne Moranabout a year ago

Jan N. - Whatever,, I don't believe in ''idolatry''... - And in the same breath,, why not A DAY for George Harrison,, Janis Joplin,, B.B.King,, Glenn Frey,, Karen Carpenter,, John Denver,, Johnny Cash,, Donna Summer,, John Lennon,, and so on, and so forth ??
Get my drift ?? - He's NO DIFFERENT than anyone else... - He didn't exactly treat people very well either... - And he gave to charities,, anonymously,, so do MANY other people,, should they get A SPECIAL DAY too ??

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Ana Luisa Luque M.
Ana Luisa Luque M.about a year ago

Ron A G., thank you for writing a very sincere articule about Prince and Muhammad Alí. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rabout a year ago

Thank you for sharing.

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