There was a time when songs changed the world -- songs of peace and hope and protest. There was a time when social justice was the agenda and not simply shouted sound bites. The sixties remain the watershed decade for social action on behalf of social justice. That agenda informed coffee house discussions and sit ins and peaceful marches.
The death yesterday of Mary Travers silences an amazing vocal gift. It also represents the beginning of another silence -- the voices and the energies of people who created a national awareness of sorrow and a national desire for change.
We all have hammers. What we do with them matters.
Let us continue to hammer out justice.