Monday, January 19, 2009
Pete Seeger, the father of American Folk Music, has played before on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. In protest.
What a wonderful thing to see him singing this song with his grandson and with Bruce Springsteen and with a rousing chorus full of joy and hope, the great anthem of America, Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land".
Seeger has strived all his life for justice for all humanity. He is a treasure of America. An America that at one time disowned him. Through it all he's led a life of service and dignity and hope. I am so thankful that he was included at Sunday's concert and that he, at 89, showed us all the unifying power of song.
Great moments are born of great opportunity. That is the message of these days. We can do better because we must do better. We must do better. We must.