Carole Hart – A Legend in Bringing Wisdom and Learning to Children and Adults
I originally set out to interview Carole Hart because of her important work, documenting the gatherings of the 13 Indigenious Grandmothers in the film For The Next Seven Generations. What I did not realize was the breadth of her lifework until we spoke on the phone. I was privileged to see a screening of FYN7G in Atlanta this September and immediately set out to reach the filmmakers. That is how I found Carole Hart.
When Carole called me back, I learned that she was not only part of the original writing team for Sesame Street, but that she was also the music producer for Free To Be You And Me, with Marlow Thomas, the Ms. Foundation and many celebrities of the day as contributors. Many of you will remember this work as it was extremely impactful to children in the 70’s as it sought to education us on gender and even racial equality in a way that was fun and creative.
Song’s such as “When I Grow Up,” “It’s Alright To Cry” and “William Wants A Doll” made it okay for young boys and girls to view themselves in a way that broke through gender roles and stereotypes. It was a Emmy Award winning work which touch many lives.
Today, Carole’s contributions in capturing and expressing to new audiences the wisdom of our indigenous grandmothers could not come at a more important time. In the interview clips below, Carole shares with me a remarkable story of how she was lead to the grandmothers and how an ancient healing ceremony saved her life. This film is her gift back to the indigenous people and all men and women on the planet today who need to be reminded of how we are all one. This is a theme in Carole’s life work. We are all blessed for that.
I hope you enjoy the conversations below. Please leave your comments.
THE CAROLE HART INTERVIEWS:
AUDIO 1: HOW CAROLE MET THE GRANDMOTHERS