The Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution honored folk-trio Peter, Paul and Mary (Peter Yarrow, Noel Paul Stookey and Mary Travers (postumously)) as the 2015 recipient of the International Advocate for Peace award. The event took place at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law on February 22nd at 7pm.
In selecting Peter, Paul and Mary for the 2015 IAP award, CJCR recognized the legendary folk group’s contributions and continued efforts to unify society through music. Peter, Paul and Mary’s music resonates with history — a history that they not only helped write, but that has changed and inspired millions to maintain the principles of peace and tolerance in the face of war and great adversity.
With a commitment to Civil Rights advocacy and peace, the group helped shape history. In 1963, they stood before the Lincoln Memorial and performed “If I Had a Hammer” and “Blowin’ in the Wind” at the March on Washington. Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey continue to perform today. Peter Yarrow has also co-founded the “Don’t Laugh at Me” Program of Operation Respect (DLAM), a non-profit that offers a free classroom curriculum that uniquely uses music to promote a compassionate learning environment, free of bullying, ridicule, and violence.
At 7pm on Monday, February 22, 2016 in the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Moot Court Room, Peter Yarrow appeared to accept the 2015 IAP award on behalf of Peter, Paul and Mary. This was a memorable evening full of music, as Peter will lead sing-alongs of classics ranging from “This Little Light” to “This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land” as the audience reminisced about the Civil Rights Movement and reflected on the liberties that they hold dear. This special event created an environment in which a sense of reassuring commonality was shared, at a time when society is deeply concerned for its welfare and future. A reception followed the ceremony.
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