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Pete Seeger Nobel Prize Effort Continues

May 20, 2008

Even though this year's February 3rd deadline has past, the website is still collecting signatures to have his name put on the ballot for the Nobel Peace Prize. One of, if not the most, prestigious awards in the world, the Nobel Peace Prize is given out annually in December in Oslo by the Norwegian Nobel Committee. Nobel Prizes were established in the will of Alfred Nobel (1933-1896), a Swedish chemist who invented a powerful dynamite. By the end of his life, Nobel had become concerned about the use of his invention in modern warfare. Along with international acclaim, the Nobel Prize carries a hefty monetary reward.

According to Eleanor Walden (who is heading the effort), "Pete Seeger is an ambassador for Peace and Social Justice and has been over the course of his 89-year lifetime. Using his prowess as a musician he worked to engage other people, from all walks of life and across generations, in causes to build a better and more civilized world: His work show up wherever you look in the history of labor solidarity, effort to end the Vietnam war, ban of nuclear weapons, work for international diplomacy, support of the Civil Rights Movement. He spread the Civil Rights Movement through promotion the SNCC Freedom Singers and making songs such as We Shall Overcome knows all over the world.

Pete Seeger taught Peace through song all his life; he used a cultural medium to promote social justice. His life proves that cultural workers are not just performers. We can help nominate him for the Nobel Peace Prize so that the whole world is aware that a man with unassailable integrity, doing cultural work, can shape the hearts and minds of his generation."

When choosing nominees, the Nobel Committee solicits, among other sources, former award recipients. So, after you sign the online petition, you can always drop a line to Al Gore and Jimmy Carter.

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at May 20, 2008 1:40 PM


Let me be the first to comment on this news item. I think Pete Seeger is the USA's greatest living folk-musician & a positive influence on its millions of citizens his entire life. I'm particularly happy that he has been such a outspoken advocate of peace and justice. Everytime I hear a song such as his "Turn, Turn, Turn" or "If I Had a Hammer," I sing along or grab my guitar/banjo/pennywhistle to join in.

I have been a writer or songwriter most of my adult life.

No living citizen of the World deserves the Nobel more than Pete. I hope thousands of Folk Alley readers and listeners will
join me in this effort!

Posted by: Dan O'Connell at May 26, 2008 1:56 PM

I couldn't agree more. I watched the Pete Seeger movie on TV again last night. Even on my third viewing, it still brings tears to my eyes. When you consider his lifetime of work in the cause of peace, social justice, and just bringing people together, it's clear that no one could be more deserving of this honor than Pete.

Jimmie Wilson

Posted by: Jimmie Wilson at May 28, 2008 9:48 AM

i first heard the weavers, on a jukebox in 1950, aged 11. i'd loved singing since i was a little kid but this music satisfied something deep down, and i later became a working folksinger. pete seeger had and has an integrity that more than deserves the nobel peace prize.

Posted by: Rowan Hill at July 11, 2008 9:56 AM

I'd love to sign the online petition supporting Pete Seeger's nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize. Where do I sign? If you know the URL, please pass it along.

Posted by: Blaine Davies at January 24, 2009 7:55 PM

If anyone can ever explain why we're still at war and why there is still more hate and racism than love and tolerance; it would likely explain why Seeger has not been given the Peace Prize even as late as 1992!

And vice versa.

Posted by: Marco Capelli at October 6, 2009 5:02 AM

One of the most influential folk singers and political activists of our time. A man who stood for peace, the poor and impoverished, and those who had no voice. At one point or another he spoke for each and every one of us. Thanks Pete.

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