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Singer and activist Odetta has died

The American folk singer and civil rights activist Odetta died yesterday.


Here is the singer’s obituary from the New York Times.

Odetta has been named an influence by everyone from Janis Joplin to Bob Dylan. Rosa Parks once said Odetta was her favorite singer. Her songs were the backdrop for the civil rights movement of the 1950s, 60s and 70s in the United States. She marched with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr and she hoped to be well enough to sing at Barack Obama‘s inauguration in January.

Hearing Odetta sing live several years ago in Florida was one of the great thrills of my life. She sang blues, traditional folk songs, ballads and anthems. It was so powerfully moving. I bet everyone in that audience went home feeling their soul had lifted.

What do these historical figures have in common?

Tell me if you admire any of these historical figures and I will tell you something they all had in common:

Abraham Lincoln
Benjamin Franklin
Henry David Thoreau
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Rosa Parks
Sir Isaac Newton
Susan B. Anthony
Mahatma Gandhi
Albert Einstein
Albert Schweitzer
Jane Goodall
Isaac Bashevis Singer
J.D. Salinger
Jean-Jacque Rosseau
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Immanual Kant
Coretta Scott King
Franz Kafka
Charles Darwin
Emily Dickinson
Vincent Van Gogh
Dizzie Gillespie
Gustave Flaubert
H.G. Wells
Louisa May Alcott
George Harrison
Paul McCartney
Ringo Starr
John Lennon
Leo Tolstoy
Leonardo DaVinci
George Bernard Shaw
William Blake
Mark Twain
Mary Shelley
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Lord Byron
Mr. Rogers
Nikola Tesla
Rainer Maria Rilke

So, what do all of these folks have in common? Every single one of them was a vegetarian.

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