President Obama released this statement on the passing of singer Pete Seeger:
"Once called “America’s tuning fork,” Pete Seeger believed deeply in the power of song. But more importantly, he believed in the power of community – to stand up for what’s right, speak out against what’s wrong, and move this country closer to the America he knew we could be. Over the years, Pete used his voice – and his hammer – to strike blows for worker’s rights and civil rights; world peace and environmental conservation. And he always invited us to sing along. For reminding us where we come from and showing us where we need to go, we will always be grateful to Pete Seeger. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to Pete’s family and all those who loved him."
Bloomberg reports that Seeger was a Communist. "Political activism was a constant throughout his life. During the late 1930s, he sang at trade-union rallies. In the 1940s, he joined the Communist Party, an affiliation that later led to his being blacklisted. He protested the Vietnam War and walked in civil-rights marches in the South during the 1960s," reports Bloomberg.
"Seeger also was an environmentalist. He co-founded a group in 1966 to clean up the Hudson River, which flowed past the home that he built in Beacon, New York. He helped raise funds for the Clearwater, a replica of the sloops that sailed the river before its waters became polluted and the organization’s namesake."