Woman Making History #43: Pat Humphries


Pat HumphriesBorn in 1960 in northeast Ohio, activist folk singer Pat Humphries began playing music in Cleveland coffee houses in the late 1970s, sitting in with a number of folk, old-time, and bluegrass bands. She struck out on her own in 1984, performing her own original music as well as the music of folk anti-war legend Phil Ochs. At this time, she wrote the song "Keep On Moving Forward (Never Turning Back)," which has since become an anthem often heard at protests and marches.

Since striking out, Humphries has built up a steady following of activist folkie fans. Her songs have been done by notable performers, including Pete Seeger. More recently, Pat has begun performing with her partner, Sandy Opatow. The two call themselves Emma's Revolution, and their song "If I Give Your Name," from their debut CD "1 X 1,000,000 = change," won the Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest in 2003. The duo's songs have also been featured on Democracy Now! and NPR's "All Things Considered."

Emma's Revolution
Pat Humphries

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