“We Shall Overcome” (despite people like Pete Seeger)
"Pete Seeger was America's conscience, an advocate for peace and civil rights." (Eulogy by Los Angeles Times.)
In brief: In 1999 famous peacenik Pete Seeger proudly visited the Stalinist dictator who brought the world closest to nuclear war of any person in history to eagerly accept an award “against racism” from the Stalinist/Apartheid regime that jailed and tortured the longest suffering black political prisoners in modern history. In 2007 this very regime booted the visiting black American jazz musician Youman Wilder.
Straying from the Stalinist regime's official song-list and singing the famous Pete Seeger arrangement, We Shall Overcome!
This last fascinating datum courtesy of Henry Gomez in the inimitable Babalu Blog!)
In brief: the arranger and populizer of We Shall Overcome was honored to be honored with the highest cultural award by the regime that banned the singing of his most famous song! In an intellectually sane world such an item would go viral. (Writers for Letterman, Leno, Stewart, Kimmel, Fallon--any of you guys out there?)
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