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Students to seek removal of state folk song "Roll on, Columbia"

 


Students at Lake Roosevelt Junior-Senior High School intend to petition the state Legislature to reject the state’s official folk song because its original lyrics contain references they consider racist.

Seventh-grade students studying state symbols in Washington state history were upset when they recently heard lyrics in Woody Guthrie’s seminal “Roll on, Columbia,” which are not listed in the Secretary of State’s web page about the song.

Written just after Guthrie had seen Bonneville Dam on his month-long commission from the Bonneville Power Administration to write songs extolli...



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