Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Remembering Pete Seeger Through the Lens of Food

Just got off the phone with my wife, she told me that Pete Seeger died. I was born in 1963 and grew up in progressive circles in New York's Hudson Valley not far from where Pete lived most of his adult life. Pete’s music has been an integral part of my life. In addition to music that inspired children to walk in love and care for the environment, Pete’s work also centered on singing down injustice and oppression wherever they raised their ugly heads. With that in mind he worked with 1199 a labor union that began organizing black and Latino hospital workers in New York City in the late 1950s and denounced US government support for military dictators in Central America and the pro-apartheid regime in South Africa. My childhood friend Paul Dubois Jacob went on to co-author a children's book with Pete entitled Some Friends to Feed: Stone Soup. My children grew to love the book and the music CD that came with it which features Pete’s narration and music of the story. Pete served as a ambassador of goodwill who remained humble, eager to learn, and focused on advancing peace and justice including feeding the poor. 

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Peter Seeger and Paul Dubois Jacobs, Some Friends To Feed: Stone Soup: http://www.amazon.com/Some-Friends-Feed-Story-Stone/dp/0399240179


Peter Seeger Interview, 2012: [Listen Now 27 min 21 sec] http://www.wnyc.org/story/remembering-pete-seeger/



1 comment:

emily said...

Thank you for this. Such a sad day--We will miss Pete dearly. Thought you might be interested in a little more on Pete, food, and labor history via this post I did on his 93rd birthday regarding the song The Preacher and the Slave (Pie in the Sky): http://www.nothinginthehouse.com/2012/05/preacher-and-slave-pie-in-sky.html