Award-winning musician to host 10th annual community dialogue

The Center for the Study of Race and Democracy (CSRD) at Arizona State University is welcoming Wynton Marsalis to host its 10th Delivering Democracy program. The legendary Grammy and Pulitzer Prize-winning musician, trumpeter, composer, teacher and artistic director will help CSRD celebrate the milestone of the event with a dialogue and concert on April 1.  

Delivering Democracy 2023, like the annual programs in years past, will provide opportunities for powerful engagement and spirited dialogue with communities across the nation and the world. Each year, Delivering Democracy provides a forum in which visionary speakers discuss democracy and issues of race, justice and engagement with thousands of local, national and global attendees. This year's program will feature a dialogue between Marsalis and Lois Brown, director of the CSRD and Foundation Professor of English. The program will be held in person at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church in Phoenix and livestreamed, starting at 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time. Viewers will be able to contribute questions in advance.

Known and deeply respected for his contributions to jazz and classical music, as well as his involvement with the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City, Marsalis has paved the way for countless musicians, especially those of color. He has broken barriers in and beyond the workplace, won the highest accolades and recognition from his peers and professional community, and become a role model for many in and beyond the United States.  

The Delivering Democracy Community Resource Fair, which is free and open to all attendees, will again be held before the program begins. From 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on April 1, attendees can discover and engage directly with many organizations and learn about their missions and how their work advances democracy, inclusion, education, mentoring, community health and wellness, justice and cultural awareness. 

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The Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at Arizona State University facilitates powerful and informed dialogues and transformative scholarship about issues related to race and democracy.  The center’s innovative programming and its deliberate outreach in and beyond the ASU community contributes to the university’s commitment to academic excellence and accessibility. CSRD's programs and events feature experts and changemakers, community leaders, scholars and accomplished professionals who engage with and inspire audiences. Distinctive lectures, effective workshops and productive, inspiring collaborations are signatures of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy.

Suzanne Wilson