Pete Seeger’s Land Is Our Land


Pete Seeger died on January 27th. Fortunately, his impact will linger on. He was a man of the people and a folk singer. He was a college dropout (Harvard) who was going to major in Sociology. He was a traveler. A cultural treasure and a civil rights icon. He was a leader. He was a wise and compassionate man. He planted the seeds of social justice and awareness. And…he did it all with a smile on his face. It’s hard not to watch him and feel the joy he felt as he, along with Springsteen and a gospel choir, led everyone in singing “This Land is Your Land,” at the 2009 Inauguration. He was 94 years old. Listen to him sing three of his legendary songs below.

Pete Seeger, teaching "We Shall Overcome" at civil rights protests and rallies. Greenwood, Mississippi. 1963. Photo by Adger Cowans / Getty Images.

Pete Seeger, teaching “We Shall Overcome” at civil rights protests and rallies.
                        Greenwood, Mississippi. 1963. Photo by Adger Cowans / Getty Images.

Alec Wilkinson’s New Yorker profile from 2006: http://www.peteseeger.net/new_yorker041706.htm

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