A giant voice, the conscience of our nation, died yesterday. Pete Seeger was 94.
Mr. Seeger’s career carried him from singing at labor rallies to the Top 10 to college auditoriums to folk festivals, and from a conviction for contempt of Congress (after defying the House Un-American Activities Committee in the 1950s) to performing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial at an inaugural concert for Barack Obama.
For Mr. Seeger, folk music and a sense of community were inseparable, and where he saw a community, he saw the possibility of political action.
Pete Seeger was a major inspiration to me during my high school years, when I spent time with friends singing folk songs, many of which were Seeger's songs.
Now, by God's grace, I have a hammer and I'm going to hammer out freedom all over this land (Arizona).
And together, we SHALL overcome.