Friday, June 22, 2012

Representative Conyers Hosts Bipartisan Event Honoring UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock

(WASHINGTON) — Last Tuesday, Representatives John Conyers, Jr. (M-14) and Fred Upton (M-06), hosted an event for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).  The event honored Grammy Award winning jazz pianist and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue, Herbie Hancock.  Rep. Conyers released the following statement:

U.S. Representative
John Conyers, Jr.
“As an avid supporter of the arts, I was delighted to host UNESCO and Herbie Hancock, an internationally recognized jazz artist, to speak on Capitol Hill about the work UNESCO is doing around the world to promote peace, education, and economic development.  Mr. Hancock’s speech and performance brilliantly demonstrated how music is an effective tool for crossing cultural boundaries to promote these important goals.     

“UNESCO carries out a critical part of the United Nation’s mission to promote peace and cooperation among nations.  It utilizes the arts and music to build cultural bridges, and promote genuine understanding between diverse groups and cultures.  In a world in which many armed conflicts are still fueled by petty differences, it is important that we recognize the efforts of UNESCO and artists like Herbie Hancock to promote education, peace, and understanding through cultural exchange.”

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