Musician Jackson Browne was honored Friday night for a lifetime of activism by Promoting Enduring Peace, accepting the Gandhi Award, which previously went to Eleanor Roosevelt, Dr. Martin Luther King, Dr. Benjamin Spock, Linus Pauling and Cesar Chavez, among others. Peacenews.org is the blog for Promoting Enduring Peace.
Listen to Jackson Browne’s introduction and acceptance speech here: https://btlonline.org/gandhi-peace-award-2018-jackson-browne-acceptance-speech.
Browne was the first performing artist to receive the award. Roosevelt was the first winner, back in 1960. Promoting Enduring Peace is based in New Haven.
“I’m happy to be here to accept this tremendous honor,” Browne told the crowd in the Lyman Center for the Performing Arts at Southern Connecticut State University. He added that he knew of a number of musicians he considered more deserving of the honor, but that so many of his heroes had received it in the past that he couldn’t say no.
“The measure of a good song is that it doesn’t need explaining,” Browne said.