April 24, 1971 video of John Denver singing "The Strangest Dream" at a peace march in Washington DC. The song, written by Ed McCurdy about 1950, became one of the anthems of the Vietnam war era. If you have trouble playing here, click to see it on YouTube.
* Why "A Million Copies"? It's a significant number; an audacious goal. It's a phrase perhaps best defined by Ed McCurdy's lyric in "Last Night I had the Strangest Dream"; "...and when the paper was all signed, and a million copies made..." Listen to John Denver sing these words on this page.
"I am a member of the human family,
a citizen of the world.
The achievements of men and women
throughout the ages
are my heritage.
My destiny is bound to that of all my
fellow human beings.
What we jointly create
forms our bequest to future generations.
May my life
serve the good of my family.
May our use of the earth
preserve it for those yet to come."
University of Minnesota Distinguished International Professor Emeritus Joseph Schwartzberg , a life-long peace and justice activist, drafted An Affirmation of Human Oneness in 1976. Originally, it had a slightly different wording than at present and began with the words "I am a member of the human family. My home is Earth."
The story about the Affirmation and its translation into many languages, along with the translations themselves, is here. Professor Schwartzberg notes that "these languages will be understood by well over 95% of the worlds literate population and by a substantial majority of non-literates as well.
After forty years as a professor of geography, mainly at the University of Minnesota, but also at the University of Pennsylvania and Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, Professor Schwartzberg retired in 2000. His most notable scholarly achievement was the production of a monumental Historical Atlas of South Asia; but he has also written extensively on UN reform. He remains very active in the peace and justice movement, especially in Citizens for Global Solutions and the World Federalist Movement , on whose international Council he serves. His 2004 monograph, Revitalizing the United Nations: Reform through Weighted Voting, can be accessed on the web at www.cwps.org. He has recently completed a 600-page book, Tranmsforming the United Nations: Designs for a Workable World, which will appear on his own website, now under preparation, and is nearing completion of a monograph, entitled Creating a Democratic and Workable World Parliamentary Assembly, which will be published in Berlin by the Committee for a Democratic U.N.
Professor Schwartzberg has lived for approximately five years in India, has served in the U.S. Army in Germany, and has traveled in about 100 countries.
Languages into which the Affirmation of Human Oneness has been translated: