Themes

The Archive

Digital Archive brought to you
by JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Seeger, Pete

b. 1919

Pete Seeger, born in New York to musically-gifted parents, is a renowned musician, songwriter, environmentalist and peace and human rights activist. He attended Harvard for two years before World War II, was drafted and served in the Pacific. A founder of the Almanac Singers and the Weavers, his radical outlook was expressed in song. In the McCarthy era, he was held in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify against others and was blacklisted for almost two decades. Seeger sang at civil rights rallies and marched with Dr. King from Selma to Montgomery. His version of We Shall Overcome became the anthem of the Civil Rights Movement. Among Seeger’s most popular songs are Where Have All the Flowers Gone, If I Had a Hammer (with Lee Hays) and Turn, Turn, Turn. Seeger says the Civil Rights Movement showed him that nonviolence is the only way the human race can be saved.

Associated Archive Content : 11 results

1965 Human Rights Day Flyer

This flyer advertises a rally to benefit South African victims of apartheid.

Highlander Folk School 25th Anniversary Seminar

The Highlander Folk School in Monteagle, Tennessee, hosts the 25th Anniversary Seminar entitled "The South Thinking Ahead." At the program, Dr. King is scheduled to deliver the keynote address and activities have been set up to entertain the children that may be in attendance.

Letter from Dave Dellinger to MLK

Dave Dellinger outlines the events and requirements for the rally, sponsored by the Spring Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam, to be held in New York City, New York on April 15th, 1967.

Letter from Dora McDonald to Peter Seeger

Ms. McDonald informs American folk singer,Peter Seeger, that Dr. King will be unable to accept the invitation to appear on a Japan television program in January or February of the coming year. Dr. King asks that Mr. Seeger informs the program host that sometime during the summer would be more favorable for his schedule.

Letter from Nippon Television Corporation

Producer Yasuo Yamanaka acknowledges Dr. King's consideration of an invitation to appear on his television program in Tokyo, Japan.

Letter from Oxford JACARI to MLK

Frank R. Parker, Vice-Chairman of the Oxford Joint Action Committee Against Racial Intolerance (JACARI) extends yet another speaking invitation to Dr. King, emphasizing his eagerness to hear the message of non-violent resistance.

Letter from Peter Seeger to MLK

American folk singer, songwriter and activist Peter Seeger shares with Dr. King a previous experience appearing on a television program in Tokyo. Seeger recommends the program as an excellent means to communicate with the Japanese people.

South African Victims of Apartheid

The American Committee on Africa hosts a human rights rally and benefit on behalf of the victims of South African Apartheid. This program provides a brief history and overall purpose of the committee and outlines the projected schedule of events.

Spring Mobilization Committee Roundup of Nationwide Mobilization Activity

This document outlines activities around the country leading up to the April 15 Spring Mobilization Against the War in Vietnam rally in New York City.

Telegram from Yamanaka TV to Pete Seeger

A Japanese television host writes American folk singer and activist Pete Seeger requesting that he encourage Dr. King to accept an invitation to appear on the show.

TV: Return of Susskind

This article reviews a series of television shows that aired on various networks dealing with politics and race relations. Among the programs mentioned is a segment featuring Senator Kennedy as well as a documentary entitled "The Agony of Two Cities" centered on segregation.