Curtis Mayfield’s final effort in 1997 examines the challenges of rising out of poverty in inner city American neighbourhoods.
The concept of a New World Order sometimes refers to a conspiracy theory with global elites taking over the world, perhaps with a world government. Mayfield probably is singing more generally, of a New World Order being a time of dramatic change, for the betterment of people. This can be done not through revolution or elite leadership, at the grassroots, with common people working together (the song references millions marching to accomplish progress).
Mayfield started out in church choirs, was in the Impressions (“People Get Ready”) and here, paralyzed, sang lines on his back. Hope for families in the ‘hood meant that much to him.