Joan Baez, the daughter of Quaker parents of Scottish and
Mexican descent, began dual careers as a folksinger and
political activist in the late 1950s. After her breakthrough
appearance at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival, Baez recorded
her first album, Joan Baez, which peaked at number three
on the national charts. As her singing career took off,
she used her newfound celebrity to promote equal rights
for women and minorities and to protest the Vietnam War.
She was arrested twice in 1967 for her opposition to the
draft. She continues to focus public attention on human
rights abuses and inequities.
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