Guy Carawan

Guy Carawan

March 29th, 1974

Guy Carawan (1927-2015) was a singer, guitarist, producer, songwriter, documentarian, folklorist, activist, and community organizer. Born July 28, 1927, in Santa Monica, Ca., Carawan earned math and sociology degrees from Occidental College and the UCLA. After moving to New York City in the 1950s and performing locally around Greenwich Village and Washington Square, he traveled in Europe, Russia, and China as a performer and activist. He toured extensively with his wife Candie bringing a mix of folk, blues, and country music to a wide range of audiences.  He was popularly known as the person who introduced the song “We Shall Overcome” to the US civil rights movement in the early 1960s.

Opening Set

This set was the opening set for the Bessie Jones and the Georgia Sea Island Singers show.