Updated: Mar 17, 2020
I am extremely proud to share my interview with Peter Yarrow and Emily Lawrence. Of all the interviews I’ve been fortunate enough to conduct, this was probably one of the most interesting and inspiring conversations I’ve ever had. I got to interview both a legendary artist with decades of activism experience, and somebody going through significant life changes.
Peter Yarrow is a member of the legendary folk group Peter, Paul, and Mary, and has been a champion of human rights for decades. He is the co-founder of Operation Respect, a non-profit organization that, “…brings to children in schools and camps, a curriculum of tolerance and respect for each other’s differences.” I feel he has been an activist ever since he started as a musician because when you are a musician, whether you know it or not, you are helping people and affecting them in many ways. While a part of Peter, Paul and Mary, Peter also wrote the famous children’s book and song, “Puff the Magic Dragon.”
Peter is accompanied by his longtime friend Emily Lawrence, a young acting student here in Washington D.C. Emily was born Elijah, and is a young trans person coming into her own identity. Emily displays a confidence and comfort with who she is that I found inspiring. Emily also has hydrocephalus, a rare disease where fluid concentrates in the brain and when left untreated can cause brain damage. She looks forward to expanding her advocacy for the LGBTQ community and for those living with hydrocephalus.
Peter and Emily are two artists and advocates who show no signs of slowing down anytime soon.