Up with People founder, J. Blanton Belk, has released his memoir at 95 years old. This is the story of an ordinary man with the extraordinary vision that young people can change the world. During turbulent times in 1965, a musical demonstration of hope at an international youth gathering created Sing-Out/Up with People. As a first-time author at age 95, founder J. Blanton Belk chronicles his inspiring experiences from his youth to working with world leaders and corporate icons to realize his vision of building bridges of understanding through music, travel, and service. 55 years and more than 22,000 international alumni later, Up with People is still bringing hope and the spirit of peace to an unfinished world.

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Goslar, West Germany

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Spain and How Did We Get There!

Spain and How Did We Get There! By J. Blanton Belk  “Mr. Belk, how did Up with People ever get to Spain?” The answer was always people, people opened the door.  There was a Canadian friend, and a former British naval commander living in Mexico, our Up with People attorney in Tucson and lastly a…

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Check out media mentions of the book including interviews with Mr. Belk and Editor Elaine Crepeau


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