Today, we pay tribute to Pete Seeger, one of the greatest American singers, political role models, and human beings. He lived his 94 years to the fullest, never wavering from his beliefs in the dignity of all people, civil rights, the environment, and decency, even when he was questioned by the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1955. His musical and personal legacy will live on for generations. In fact, it already has!
He was in Chicago in 1991 to be part of a toast to Studs Terkel at the Bismarck Hotel presented by the Center for Neighborhood Technology. The event was co-hosted by political entertainer Aaron Freeman and anti-Daley Alderman Len Despres.
In this clip, Seeger reflects on how he and Woody Guthrie became friends with Ida and Studs Terkel shortly after they were married and performs the song “All Mixed Up,” accompanied by his grandson Tao Rodriguez-Seeger.