September 20, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The San Diego school district says it wants to do right by folk singer Pete Seeger. So it's apologizing for an ultimatum that was issued nearly half a century ago.
Back in 1960, Seeger was told to sign an oath against communism or cancel a concert he'd planned at a high school auditorium.
Seeger refused to sign the oath. A judge allowed the concert to proceed anyway.
In a resolution approved last night, the school district declared that the board "deeply regrets its predecessors' actions." It offered an apology to a man who it says has become "one of our dearest national treasures."
The 89-year-old songwriter appears willing to accept the board's apology. Seeger says the board's resolution is a "measure of justice that our right to freedom of expression has been vindicated."
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