Singing racism away

By Lisa Nyugen

Music can universally unite people with a melodic language that crosses all boundaries of cultural difference.

A group of university students are working together to end racism in a using music in a positive way.

A diverse collection of musicians are volunteering to perform at “Drums for Diversity, Voices for Change” a collaboration of concerts to celebrate the international day to end racial discrimination on March 18.

Dylan Jones is organizing 11 musical ensembles that will perform at various locations around the University of Calgary campus from 11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

In an act of symbolic unification, all of the musicians will come together in the north courtyard of the MacEwan Student Centre at 12:30 p.m. for a final concert with the renowned blues musician Gary Martin.

“The university is a beautifully diverse campus,” said Jones. “This is a great opportunity for all people to come together and call for a message of peace, unity and understanding.”

This event is sponsored by the university’s March 21 Stop Racism Committee, the Students’ Union, the Centre for International Students and Study Abroad, the Native Centre and the Alberta Civil Liberties Association.

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