This Petition is to establish a Pete Seeger memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. A Pete Seeger memorial will help make sure that other generations of Americans and international travelers know how important and inspiring his message of peace, humility and patriotism continue to be.
Pete Seeger’s efforts through his music and through the Clearwater Foundation brought people together and helped to educate over 20,000 New York City kids each year about the Hudson River, the environment and treating each other with respect.
My February 03, 2014 Billboard Magazine guest post “A Petition For a Pete Seeger Memorial on the National Mall” article is located here.
Seeger’s music has helped millions understand the world better and stress peaceful resolution. Songs that he popularized and/or wrote include “We Shall Overcome,” “Dear Mr. President,” “Where Have All The Flowers Gone,” and “If I Had A Hammer” stood strong for the American Civil Rights Movement, his words have become rallying cries for generations fighting for equality in a peaceful way.
This campaign began after Seeger’s death on January 27, 2014 and continues on today. For more information, contact me here.
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On his patriotism (to House Un-American Activities Committee in 1955): “I feel that in my whole life I have never done anything of any conspiratorial nature. I am not going to answer any questions as to my association, my philosophical or religious beliefs or my political beliefs, or how I voted in any election, or any of these private affairs. I think these are very improper questions for any American to be asked, essentially under such compulsion as this.”
On existence of God (from 2006 Beliefnet interview): “I feel most spiritual when I’m out in the woods. I feel part of nature. Or looking up at the stars. [I used to say] I was an atheist. Now I say, it’s all according to your definition of God. According to my definition of God, I’m not an atheist. Because I think God is everything. Whenever I open my eyes.”
On changing the world (from 2006 Beliefnet interview): “Words are good, and words help us become the leading species on earth to the point where we are now ready to wipe ourselves off the earth. But I think that all the arts are needed, and sports too, and cooking, food, and all these different ways of communication. Smiles, looking into eyes directly, all these different means of communication are needed to save this world. But certainly a great melody . . .”