Things That I Love About America: Pete Seeger

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.

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About angelolopez

I’ve wanted to be an artist all my life. Since I was a child I’ve drawn on any scrap of paper I could get a hold of. When I went to San Jose State University, I became more exposed to the works of the great fine artists and illustrators. My college paintings were heavily influenced by the humorous illustrations of Peter De Seve, an illustrator for the New Yorker magazine. I also fell under the spell of the great muralists of the 1930s, especially Thomas Hart Benton and Diego Rivera. I graduated with a degree in Illustration. Angelo Lopez has had illustrations published in Tikkun Magazine, the Palo Alto Daily News and Z Magazine. From April 2008 to May 2011, Angelo's cartoons were regularly published in the Tri-City Voice, a weekly newspaper that covers the Fremont, Hayward, Milpitas, Neward, Sunol and Union City areas in California. He does a political webcomic starring his cartoon character Jasper for the progressive blogsite Everyday Citizen. Since December 2011, Angelo does a regular weekly political cartoon for the Philippines Today, a Filipino American newspaper based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since March 2013, he has also contributed cartoons to the Manila Mail, a Filipino American newspaper based in Washington D.C. Angelo is a member of the Sunnyvale Art Club, and the Northern California chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. During the 1990s, he was a member of the part-timer workers SEIU unit in the city of Sunnyvale. Angelo won the 2013, 2015 and 2016 Sigma Delta Chi award for editorial cartooning for newspapers with a circulation under 100,000. He has also won the 2016 RFK Book and Journalism Award for Editorial Cartoons. Angelo won first prize for the Best of the West contest in 2016 and third prize in 2017. Angelo is married to Lisa Reeber. They enjoy taking walks, watching movies and hanging out with their nieces.
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1 Response to Things That I Love About America: Pete Seeger

  1. I, too, love Pete Seeger. At the Winfield Bluegrass Festival, many of the performers would sing his songs, always an uplifting experience.

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