Gabriel Schivone: Woody Guthrie's Musical Empathy With Latino Migrants Resonates 64 Years Later
Huffington Post - over 4 years
From the Dustbowl Troubadour's own hard travelling through Tucson, AZ looking for work and food, Woody Guthrie was a friend to migrants and the oppressed. His legacy reverberates during Tucson's current "Freedom Summer" to save Chicano culture from being erased by state/local authorities.
Cherished American songwriter and poet Woody Guthrie always spoke up for the underdog, especially those downtrodden by society and the government. The 100th anniversary of his birth on July 14th coincided with some latest news in a deepening social struggle -- one of the greatest of our time. US border enforcement and immigration policies, underscored by economic discrimination, touched Guthrie in personal ways which extend today in the growing justice movement for migrants and Latino-indigenous peoples.
Nicknamed the "Dustbowl Troubadour" (on account of his vocalizing, in song, countless human stories from the period of catastrophic drought and dust storms throughout the Great Plains
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