This post was originally published in 2012 but we love the Social Justice Project and wanted to revisit some of these great stories.
This is how the story of Woody Guthrie begins (by Steve).
My life was rough from the beginning, growing up poor in a sleepy rural Oklahoma farm town. I spent my childhood here, and perhaps the hardships along with the tragic death of my older sister are what drove me to a life on the road.
Once I set out on my own I discovered love, family, music, and art. It was difficult to make a living at the time, especially during the Great Dust Storm period, which forced thousands of desperate farmers and unemployed workers to head west in search of work. Despite the everyday troubles of life, I stayed true to my passion and continued to pursue music. It was through my music that I was able to tell the world about corrupt politicians, lawyers, businessmen, and also praise union organizers that were fighting for the rights of migrant workers.
I helped raised awareness across the country with social commentary and criticism through the power of music. Music gave many of my musician friends and I the strength to fight for the things we believed in. I went on to write more than 3,000 songs about things such as free speech, equal rights, and racial and environmental issues.
I am Woody Guthrie.
To be continued…
Woody Guthrie (WES32) is part of a series of Social Justice Leader monster rocks created by students of Whittier ece-8 in Colorado. We invite you to visit all WES rocks and submit your comments and feedback.
If you have found this rock or would like to continue this story, let us know!