J is for Joan Baez who is the former darling of Bob Dylan and Steve Jobs.
Joan Baez (1941-still living!) is an American gold-selling singer and activist. Since 1958, Joan has used her music to advocate human rights and raise awareness of social and environmental issues.
Joan participated in several demonstrations during the Civil Rights movement, often singing and marching.
- In 1963, Joan performed the song "We Shall Overcome" at the March on Washington for the creation of jobs and more freedom.
- In 1964, she performed the song "Birmingham Sunday" as a tribute to the four young girls who were killed in the Birmingham church bombing.
- In 1965, Joan participated in the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, led by MLK.
- In 1966, she took a stand with Cesar Chaves and California farmers to fight for safer working conditions and fair wages.
- During wartime, Joan would also partner with organizations that helped to deliver Christmas mail to American prisoners of war in Vietnam.
- She has also performed songs of peace for Israelis and Palestinians.
How meaningful is the music of today?