| MUSICIAN, ACTIVIST ( PETER, PAUL & MARY)
As a member of the renowned musical trio, Peter Yarrow of Peter Paul and Mary sang at the civil rights movement's historic 1963 March On Washington led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the 1965 Selma-Montgomery March. During the Vietnam War he produced peace concerts at Madison Square Garden and Shea Stadium, and co-organized the famous 1969 anti-war March on Washington attended by a half-million people. Over a career of more than 50 years, Peter Yarrow has been an advocate in the arenas of human rights, peace, the environment, gender equality, homelessness, hospice care, public broadcasting, education and more.
In 1999, Peter launched the educational non-profit, Operation Respect: “Don’t Laugh At Me,” that uses highly effective social/emotional learning curricula infused with music as a transformative tool for creating a bully-free school environment, now utilized in an estimated 22,000 schools across America and in countries as diverse as Croatia, Ukraine, Israel, Jordan, Palestine, Hong Kong, and South Africa. Peter's gift for songwriting gave Peter Paul and Mary some of it’s most poignant songs including “Puff, the Magic Dragon,” “Day is Done,” “Light One Candle,” and “The Great Mandala".
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“Now is the time to gather in the Black Hills and with our music, our words and our passion say, please forgive us for what we have done. We have the opportunity to make this next step and I have the intuitive feeling, being a veteran of successful social change movements over the past half century, that what we're doing in the Black Hills, with your participation, can precipitate this next leap.” – Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul & Mary)