Monday, June 29, 2009

Ballade vom Brieftraeger William L. Moore

German singer-songwriter and former East German dissident Wolf Biermann wrote a beautiful song called The Ballad of Postman William L. Moore. The narrative poem tells the story of postal worker William L. Moore who held his individual protest against racial segregation in the USA in 1963. In the song he is claimed to march southwards with a sign saying "Black and White - Unite! Unite!" before he is murdered after seven days.

Wikipedia entries on William L. Moore (in German and English)

A part of Manfred Krug's interpretation of this song can be found on youtube:

Addendum 02/07/09: The full lyrics can be found here (in German)

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