Legendary Folk Singer, Activist Pete Seeger Dies At 94

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Legendary singer/songwriter and activist Pete Seeger died Monday in New York City.
Legendary singer/songwriter and activist Pete Seeger died Monday in New York City. Photo Credit: Manhattanville College

WESTCHESTER, N.Y. -- Legendary singer/songwriter and political activist and conservationist Pete Seeger, died Monday. He was 94 and lived in upstate Beacon.

According to to a report by the New York Times early Tuesday, Seeger's death was confirmed by his grandson, Kitama Cahill Jackson, who said he died of natural causes at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Seeger was internationally known as the author or co-author of folk song classics such as “Where Have All the Flowers Gone,” “If I Had a Hammer,” and “Turn, Turn, Turn.”  Locally, he was involved in the environmental organization Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, which he co-founded in 1966.

The longtime civil rights activist appeared in concert at Peekskill's Paramount Theater in September 2013. His activist roots in Westchester and Putnam counties were deep.

A report by the WMAC Noertheast Public Radio last year, referred to a press clipping from The Poughkeepsie Journal in 1949, when Seeger performed at the Poughkeepsie Day School in a concert to benefit Peoples Songs Inc., an organization he co-founded in 1945 to use folk music for social change. 

The Peekskill Riots occurred later in the year when.an announced concert featuring Paul Robeson, an African-American singer known for his civil rights activism, was to appear. Seeger was there.

Seeger also appeared in Westchester at Manhattanville College in September  2013 in a forum on weiring and social justice.

Seeger's wife of nearly 70 years, Toshi, died in 2013, days before the couple’s 70th anniversary.

Survivors include his son, Daniel; his daughters, Mika and Tinya; a half-sister, Peggy; and six grandchildren, including the musician Tao Rodriguez-Seeger.

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Why the love fest with communists? The denial people are in over the utter base behavior and grinding oppression these people represent is baffling. The naïveté is dangerous and disappointing. It's a shame this man was gifted with 94 years on this earth and he used them in such an irresponsible and self-absorbed manner.

Seeger was a Stalinist communist, who persisted in his "activism" long after it was known that the reds had murdered tens of millions of Christians. Would people be gushing over some unrepentant nazi upon his overdue death? No, old commies are "special". Let's Fed Ex the carcass of this dead red over to the old Soviet Union, where his loyalties always lay. Let them dispose of it. Not on American soil.

Now "who will be the first in line" to capitalize on Seeger's death? First on "this train" is Greenburgh Town Supervisor, Paul Feiner with an idea so stupid and insensitive that even the Daily Voice which loves Feiner might have some scruples about publishing. Greenburgh under Feiner, having cost residents a net $5,500,000 court award (after being found guilty of violating the civil rights of an African American Church) because of Feiner's wanton actions and losing nearing $3,000,000 of rent revenue by not meeting (Feiner again) to renew the WestHELP lease (affordable housing) which expired in September 2011 (vacant and deteriorating since) is hardly place from which to board "this train". Mindful residents need to focus on their government and in 2015 perhaps they, too, shall overcome.