Joan Baez Reflects on Working Toward Peace

I was fortunate to have been born with this voice, to use it in ways that lend credibility to traditional music and beyond, and also to further the cause of nonviolence. Social change without music would be void of soul. Nonviolence without music, meditation, action, and a willingness to take risks probably doesn't exist. In my mind's eye I can see the black children leaving a church to knowingly be arrested, singing at the top of their lungs, "I ain't gonna let nobody turn me around. . . ." I'm proud to have sung with them, and with many others in times of social change, political revolt, great deprivation, and the attendant joys, fears, and sorrows.



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