Yesterday, legendary folk singer and political activist Peter Yarrow, along with professor and celebrated folk performer Dar Williams ’89,led a happening singalong in the Zelnick Pavilion.After a discussion with William’s “Music Movements in a Capital Democracy” class Yarrow and a group of about 60 students and guests headed to Zelnick for an afternoon of activist-themed songs. Lyric sheets were passed around, and the singing began with the classic “This Little Light of Mine.” Next came “Eyes on the Prize” and “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Round.” Between selections, Yarrow shared stories of protesting in the 1960s and facing arrest for rallying against apartheid before everyone joined hands and sang “We Shall Overcome.”
Other songs included “If I Had a Hammer” and a beautiful finale of “Blowin’ in the Wind” (which wasn’t included in the lyric booklet, but people seemed to know all the words anyway). Everyone in the room left with a big smile, if not tears of joy and inspiration.
Photos and a couple of short videos are included after the jump.
As Middletown Patch tells it, the merry band of activists made their way to Main Street’s Bank of America branch, where they flooded the entrance in caution tape and foreclosure notices. As the YouTube footage testifies, a few attempted to close their own accounts in the midst of the protest:
Those attempting to close their accounts were initially refused entry and told by bank representatives to leave the property.
A statement was read condemning the bank’s funding of mountaintop removal and “careless gambling of the health of the global economy” before students marched back to campus where representatives from local credit unions were present to help students open new accounts.
The first eleven photos are via Dan Fischer ’12. The rest—including wieb$ money shot—are courtesy of Mariama Eversley ’14. Video via the MoveYourMoneyWes YouTube channel.