Friday, March 20, 2009

Joan Baez

I enjoy Joan Baez’s essay, “What Would You Do If?” in lesson seven of the Class of Nonviolence. Written as a dialog between Joan and "Fred," it starts off, “What would you do if someone were, say, attacking your grandmother?,” modeling with humor and clarity the give-and-take we have with people baffled by our commitment to nonviolence. (The 16-week “University” Class has an entire session on Baez.) Many young people are not familiar with her music, so here are a couple of videos. The first (1966) is of Joan singing "With God on Our Side" and the second is Joan and Bob Dylan singing "Blowin' in the Wind."

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