Ronnie Gilbert

Ronnie Gilbert is no stranger to success or to controversy. Born to working class Jewish parents in New York City, she refused to participate in her 1940s high school senior play because she was convinced of the racial injustice of the minstrel show theme. In the 1950s, Gilbert melded her joyous contralto with the radical voices of Pete Seeger, Lee Hays, and Fred Hellerman in their celebrated group The Weavers, which brought folk rhythms and social activism to the mainstream even while being branded as subversives, in the hysteria of the McCarthy era, and blacklisted.

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