Thursday, September 3, 2009

Peter Yarrow on The Role of Song and Health Care Reform

The Role of Song in Advancing Health Care Reform

Peter Yarrow, Songwriter, founder of Operation Respect, September 2, 2009

A physician-activist, Dr. Rick Lippin, knowing my deeply held belief that songs that touch peoples' hearts can bring them together to advance causes such as social justice and societal equity, posed a question to me about which songs might appropriately be applied to advance the health care reform movement in America. Dr. Lippin, a leader of national, significant, dialogue correctly cited "We Shall Overcome " as the signature song of the Civil Rights Movement. Peter, Paul & Mary and many others sang this song on behalf of that historic effort during the 1960s, a movement that culminated in landmark legislation and a sea change in what Americans came to realize might be accomplished through grassroots activism which, in those days, was inevitably accompanied by song.

The rest is at
(the page has embedded videos as well)

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