One of the people that makes me most proud of being an American is Pete Seeger.
Pete Seeger is one of my biggest heroes. He was a folk singer who believed in the power of music to help in the fight for social justice. He sang for striking union workers, civil rights activists in the South, anti-war protesters, environmental activists, and Occupy Wall Street protesters.
For his courage in speaking out, Seeger was often harassed by people in authority that wanted to silence his voice. During the 1950s, Seeger was blacklisted for refusing to name names in a Congressional committee. His concerts were boycotted, television refused to allow him to his shows. For years, he struggled to earn a living.
Despite these harassments, Seeger kept singing for causes that he believed in. And eventually our country realized what a cultural treasure we had in Pete Seeger. He was honored with the Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Arts for his contributions to music and to social justice.