American troubadour Pete Seeger died this week at age 94. Here is an opportunity, in Oak Cliff next week, to celebrate his life.
The February installment of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Cliff’s First Tuesday Social Justice Films is “Pete Seeger: The Power of Song.”
The movie is free and starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4.
Seeger restored dozens of traditional American songs, and he wrote a few that have become American classics. In 1955, he was fearless before the House Un-American Activities Committee. And he used his voice for social justice throughout his long life, directly influencing several generations.
President Obama released this statement on the death of Seeger, who performed “This Land is Your Land” at the President’s 2009 inauguration:
“Once called ‘America’s tuning fork,’ Pete Seeger believed deeply in the power of song. But more importantly, he believed in the power of community — to stand up for what’s right, speak out against what’s wrong, and move this country closer to the America he knew we could be.”