Thursday, February 12, 2009

Seeger vs. Board of Ed (1960) Ends in an Apology

According to today's New York Times, the San Diego school board has apologized to Pete Seeger for something that happened in May 1960: he was scheduled to perform at a local high school, but the board insisted he sign a pledge that the concert wouldn't support Communism or the overthrow of the government. A judge allowed the concert to go ahead even though Seeger refused to sign.

On February 10, the school board passed a resolution declaring that it “deeply regrets its predecessors’ actions” and apologized to Mr. Seeger, The A.P. said. In an interview with The A.P., Mr. Seeger said the board’s resolution was a “measure of justice that our right to freedom of expression has been vindicated.”

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