On February 4, when the Library District launches a month-long series of programs under the title Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle, we will also be thinking of our own Pete Seeger who recently passed away at the age of 94. In 1957, Pete met Dr. Martin Luther King at the Highlander Folk School in Tennessee. He helped Dr. King and other civil rights activists incorporate song into their organizing tactics and it was at Highlander that Pete first sang for Dr. King what would become the anthem of the civil-rights movement, We Shall Overcome.
As The Guardian newspaper so aptly stated, “Pete sang truth to power through the epic struggles of most of the last century, for social justice, for civil rights, for workers, for the environment and for peace. His songs, his wise words, his legacy will resonate for generations.”
Click here for details of Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle.