It only took a few days to plan the concert at the Lincoln Memorial, July 19, 1979, and arrange for permits for a march. I wrote a letter to President Carter which was delivered to him by hand…”
-Joan Baez, And a Voice to Sing With: A Memoir, 2009
In 1979, Joan Baez appealed to President Jimmy Carter to send the Sixth Fleet into the South China Sea to rescue Southeast Asia refugees. Here’s an entry from President Carter’s Daily Dairy that records one of his 1979 meetings with Joan Baez. We also found this image in the National Archives digital catalog of of Baez at an earlier march at the Lincoln Memorial - the 1963 March on Washington.
The phone calls and meetings between Joan Baez and President Carter are all recorded in The White House Daily Dairy from the Carter Library’s digital archives.
Happy birthday Joan Baez. January 9, 1941.