American folk singer, social activist, and all around righteous person Pete Seeger passed away on Monday at the age of 94. There are countless reasons he mattered like when he stood up to Congress during his appearance before the Un-American Activities Committee–yes that was the actual name. Like many entertainers, he was told to appear on Capitol Hill where he was questioned about his association with the Communist Party, but unlike many entertainers, he refused to invoke his 5th Amendment right.
He was subsequently charged with contempt of Congress, sentenced to 10 years in prison, and blacklisted. However, that conviction was overturned on appeal in 1961. Seeger remained protesty and two years ago, he marched with Occupy Wall Street. Solidarity Forever!
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