“If I Had a Hammer”-Pete Seeger & Lee Hays

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Today in history, Peter, Paul and Mary released their cover of “If I Had a Hammer” in 1962. I remember watching them sing it at The March On Washington on TV. I also got to see them at Carnegie Hall when my older brother took me when I was about 12 years old. “If I Had a Hammer” was first recorded by The Weavers, a great, great folk group in the tradition of Woody Guthrie with their songs that spoke out about unionizing, equal rights and peace. The song has been covered by many, many artists all over the world and was very prominent during the Civil Rights Movement. I used to sing it in the classroom, my students from all over the world loved singing it.

Here’s a list of things I would build “If I Had a Hammer:”

·      Build a school system that is based on true respect for teachers, students and their families.

·      Build governments throughout the world that support their people and provide excellent and equal education for all of its citizens, equal access to technology and employment with quality health insurance coverage.

·      Build a universal Declaration of Human Rights that all peoples and governments throughout the world must follow.

·      Build Peace Through: High Quality Education, Music, Respect, Employment, The Arts, Knowledge

·     Build more venues with easier access to Voter Registration

·     Build a health system that recognizes the value of medical marijuana for all ages.

·      Build quality housing for all citizens in all income brackets.

·      Build food oases in all neighborhoods with the best foods.

·      Build Schools for would-be parents and new parents that teach them how to put the needs of their children first; love and nurture their children; provide for their children; be role models for their children; advocate for their children.

·      Build a Society that is not dependent on feeding jails and Stop and Frisk procedures and discriminatory police strategies that alienate and frustrate and evoke anger and hostility.

·      Build Love, Understanding, Respect, Tolerance, and a Shared Responsibility for All Peoples and Our Planet and All of its inhabitants.










2 thoughts on ““If I Had a Hammer”-Pete Seeger & Lee Hays

  1. Amen! It may take more than one hammer to do all that, but we can certainly work on it. Maybe it’s just me, but the scene in ‘The Shawshank Redemption’, in which the protagonist disappears from his prison cell, and we finally learn what he’s been up to with his innocuous little geologist’s hammer for all those years, always reminds me of this powerful song.

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