Date: To Be Determined, September 2017
This year we are so pleased to honor Joan Baez, famed American folk singer, songwriter and activist known for songs like ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down’ and ‘Diamonds and Rust.’ We pay tribute to Joan in grateful recognition of her lifetime of environmental and social justice activism. She has used her talent to inspire generations of people across the world to to rise up and make our world a better place.
Joan Baez is a musical force of nature. American folk singer, songwriter, musician and activist who has displayed a lifelong commitment to environmental and social justice activism. Joan has performed her music for over 55 years with over 30 albums in six languages. She began her career in 1960 with immediate success. Her first three albums, Joan Baez, Joan Baez, Vol. 2, and Joan Baez in Concert all achieved gold record status and stayed on the Billboard and other record album charts for two years. Songs of acclaim include ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down’ and ‘Diamonds and Rust.’
Other noteworthy accolades include introducing the world Bob Dylan in her early tours, marching on the front lines of the Civil Rights movement with Martin Luther King, Jr., striking for fair wages in the fields with Cesar Chavez, singing on the first Amnesty International tour, and bringing the Free Speech Movement into the spotlight at Berkeley. On Earth Day 1999, Joan and Bonnie Raitt honored environmental activist Julia Butterfly Hill with Raitt’s Arthur M. Sohcot Award on her 180-ft high redwood treetop platform where Hill camped to protect ancient redwoods in the Headwaters Forest from logging. In 2007, Joan received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. In the end of 2016, she joined Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota, where at least 200 tribes have gathered to oppose the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Most recently, Joan will have the great honor of being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 7, 2017.
This is only a brief description of such a amazing woman. Read more about Joan Baez, our 2017 Nature’s Inspiration honoree.
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