In words, photographs, and music, Pete Seeger and Bob Reiser tell the story of the civil rights movement, building their narrative around the accounts of people involved and the songs that inspired their struggle. It documents the sit-ins, freedom rides, and marches that occurred along the long path to triumph in an uncertain age.
This narrative scrapbook collects forty songs and includes profiles of activists and a chronological outline of the extraordinary events from 1955 to 1968. It is a story of courage and resilience on the part of ordinary people. From This Little Light of Mine to We Shall Overcome, the music of the time was both encouragement and catharsis for those who struggled against adversity in an effort to change the world.
About the Author
Bob Reiser is an author, playwright, and screenwriter. He lives in Easthampton, Massachusetts.
Pete Seeger, the legendary folksinger, was deeply involved in the civil rights movement. He lives in Beacon, New York.
Pete Seeger, (May 3, 1919 January 27, 2014) the internationally acclaimed songwriter, musician, and activist, was married to his wife, Toshi (July 1, 1922 July 9, 2013), for nearly 70 years. They are survived by their daughter, Tinya. In 2009 the PBS film "The Power of Song" celebrated his activism through music. There is a movement underway to nominate Mr. Seeger for the Nobel Peace Prize.