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"Jazz, Human Rights, and Cultural Diplomacy"

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National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Warner Brothers Theatre

Constitution Ave. NW between 12th and 14th streets

Washington, DC 20560

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This roundtable discussion will look at the historical role that jazz played during human rights struggles across the world and will explore questions such as:

Why has jazz been a unique tool for propelling peace?

What is it about jazz that enables it to be a conduit for expressing the need for justice and equality for all human beings?

How is this expressed today in the way in which jazz has become a universal language connecting people all over the world?

Jazz is founded on the same ideals of historical social movements and mirrors its fundamental principles – democracy and freedom – with musicians taking up the cause to promote social justice and racial equality through their music and activism. From Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, to Hugh Masekela and others, jazz artists contributed to empowering communities and raising awareness. As such, with its inherent message of mutual respect and acceptance, jazz has not only acted as an instrument for social and political change, but also a powerful tool for intercultural dialogue and peace-building across nations and cultures.

Panelists will discuss their own unique take on this topic within the context of the internationally celebrated Jazz Day and how this message of activism and conviction can teach others - especially today’s youth - about the strength of culture and the hope for peace and equality.

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UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova

UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock

Former Minister of Justice of France Christiane Taubira

South African Trumpet Legend Hugh Masekela

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National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Warner Brothers Theatre

Constitution Ave. NW between 12th and 14th streets

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