Awarded: April 2000
(May 3, 1919 - Jan. 27, 2014)
For nearly six decades, Pete Seeger has sung the old songs, written new songs and urged and invited audiences to use their own voices. In 1938, as a young man starting out, he served as assistant to Alan Lomax at the Archive of American Folk Song at the Library of Congress. In the late 1940s, he helped to found both a magazine, Sing Out! and a popular vocal group, The Weavers, which was highly influential in the folksong revival. He also sponsored the Clearwater, a nineteenth?century Hudson River sloop that makes frequent stops on the river to educate people about its ecology.