Delivering Democracy 2023

Saturday, April 1, 2023 

5:00 p.m. (AZ Time)

In-Person or Online

Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church
1401 E Jefferson St. Phoenix, AZ 85034


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About Delivering Democracy

We are celebrating 10 years of inspiring Delivering Democracy programs with speakers whose leadership, accomplishments and courage have changed our world for the better. Join us on April 1 for an unforgettable program that features Distinguished Speaker Wynton Marsalis, the gifted and accomplished American jazz legend, in conversation with CSRD Director Lois Brown.  This year’s program will feature the facilitated dialogue and the special feature of an hour-long performance by the Wynton Marsalis Septet.   

Our Delivering Democracy events consider the nature of democracy and the subtle, explicit, historic and contemporary issues that shape this essential national ideal. 

Delivering Democracy features visionary individuals who challenge the traditional boundaries of democratic ideals and address key challenges that emerge around issues of race and democracy. The CSRD envisions Delivering Democracy as a safe and inclusive space that enables us to overcome polarization and division. Join us as we experience an invaluable opportunity to enhance our shared understanding of the roots and possibilities of democratic striving and the power of the arts.

Program Schedule: 
All times represented in AZ time


1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Delivering Democracy Community Resource Fair
Gymnasium, Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church
3:45 pm  In-Person Check-In Begins
Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church
4:30 pm Online Check-In Begins
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Delivering Democracy with Distinguished Speaker
Wynton Marsalis in dialogue with CSRD Director Lois Brown 
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm  Wynton Marsalis Septet


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Saturday, April 1, 2023
5:00 p.m. AZ
Free | In-Person and Livestreamed | Open to the Public

Register now for in-person attendance

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Registration Information:

  • Individual registrations must be completed for each person attending. 

  • The same email and contact information can be used for multiple registrations but we do request the name of each person attending. Those with duplicate registrations will be contacted.

  • If you have any questions, please contact our office at 602-496-1376 or by email at

Speaker Bio


“Wynton Marsalis is an internationally acclaimed musician, composer and bandleader, an educator and a leading advocate of American culture. He has created and performed an expansive range of music from quartets to big bands, chamber music ensembles to symphony orchestras and tap dance to ballet, expanding the vocabulary for jazz and classical music with a vital body of work that places him among the world’s finest musicians and composers.

Always swinging, Marsalis blows his trumpet with a clear tone, a depth of emotion and a unique, virtuosic style derived from an encyclopedic range of trumpet techniques. When you hear Marsalis play, you’re hearing life being played out through music.

Marsalis’ core beliefs and foundation for living are based on the principals of jazz. He promotes individual creativity (improvisation), collective cooperation (swing), gratitude and good manners (sophistication), and faces adversity with persistent optimism (the blues). With his evolved humanity and through his selfless work, Marsalis has elevated the quality of human engagement for individuals, social networks and cultural institutions throughout the world.

Wynton Marsalis is a prolific and inventive composer. He is the world’s first jazz artist to perform and compose across the full jazz spectrum from its New Orleans roots to bebop to modern jazz. He has also composed a violin concerto and four symphonies to introduce new rhythms to the classical music canon.

Marsalis has written six books: Sweet Swing Blues on the Road, Jazz in the Bittersweet Blues of Life, To A Young Musician: Letters from the Road, Jazz ABZ (an A to Z collection of poems celebrating jazz greats), Moving to Higher Ground: How Jazz an Change Your Life and Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp!, a sonic adventure for kids.

Marsalis was honored with The National Humanities Medal by President Barak Obama in 2015, in recognition of his work in deepened the nation’s understanding of the humanities and broadened American citizens’ engagement with history, literature, languages and philosophy. During the five preceding decades the Pulitzer Prize jury refused to recognize jazz musicians and their improvisational music, reserving this distinction for classical composers. In the years following Marsalis’ award, the Pulitzer Prize for Music has been awarded posthumously to Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane.”


Community Resource Fair

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Our Community Resource partners are a vital part of our annual Delivering Democracy program and our ongoing CSRD initiatives, events and engagement. On April 1st from 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm discover and engage with Community Resource Fair organizations! Learn about their missions and how their work advances democracy, inclusion, education, mentoring, community health and wellness, justice and cultural awareness.


Partner organizations and their missions

Aliento serves undocumented, DACA, and mixed immigration status families to transform trauma into hope and action. We are youth-led and directly impacted people and allies who are invested in the well-being, emotional healing, and leadership development of those impacted by the inequities of lacking an immigration status.
Vision: Life free of diabetes and all its burdens Mission: To prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. We lead the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes and fight for those affected by diabetes.
Anytown Leadership Program is a human relations organization dedicated to embracing, educating and empowering leaders to cultivate inclusive communities.  We envision a just and equitable society that celebrates, appreciates and affirms all people.
The Arizona Democracy Resource Center is dedicated to empowering community members and encouraging civic participation. The Resource Center advocates for equitable representation for all Arizonans and work closely with community leaders to protect our democracy. We are committed to dismantling structural barriers to democratic participation, supporting community self-determination, and investing in local leadership. 
ASU is a comprehensive public research university, measured not by whom it excludes, but by whom it includes and how they succeed; advancing research and discovery of public value; and assuming fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves.
Our mission is to design new models for educational success and raise academic achievement for all learners.


ACE is a member-led social justice organization that develops and mobilizes undocumented working youth and adults, students, and LGBTQ individuals to strategically take ownership and responsibility to advance economic, social, and racial justice. By building power through leadership development, Citizenship, civic engagement, advocacy and education, we are creating a more inclusive and just standard of equality in the state of Arizona. Income equality, protection of public education, immigrant rights, and health care are just a few of ACE’s priorities in creating a better Arizona for all.  
We are building Black power through political education; leadership development; and the creation of independent, self-reliant, and generative alternatives to systems of oppression.
To expand access to higher education opportunities in the Phoenix community by offering free, comprehensive college access services.
Our mission is to cultivate and foster a welcoming and safe community comprised of Arizonans from vast faith traditions and beliefs, schools, allied organizations united to improve our democracy to achieve economic dignity, immigrant justice, and increased civic participation. Where our community members develop and exercise leadership skills to protect the common good in a collective effort within our neighborhoods and cities, transforming the lives among Arizona families.
The Center for the Study of Race and Democracy [CSRD] facilitates powerful and informed dialogues about race and democracy; supports transformative scholarship that deepens and expands our understanding of contemporary and historical issues and possibilities; builds robust partnerships that inspire and engage our audiences and honors our ASU commitment to academic excellence and accessibility.
Living United for Change in Arizona is an organization led by change-makers fighting for social, racial, and economic transformation. We are committed to human dignity, inclusion, equity, and collective growth. We work to reclaim our shared power alongside our families and community.
Million Dollar Teacher Project was established October 2016 as a mechanism to strengthen schools in Arizona. The work of the organization revolves around the principle that the most cost-effective and sustainable way to improve schools is to direct more resources and support directly to the teaching profession so schools have the ability to attract great talent into every classroom. The mission of MDTP is to elevate the teaching profession through increased recognition, compensation and support. Our vision is to create a world where every student is taught by a highly trained, qualified, understanding and engaged teacher.
Equipping churches to provide immigrants with the HOPE of the gospel, HELP finding a pathway to legal residency, and a HOME in a church that cares for their needs.
Our mission is to achieve equity, political rights, and social inclusion by advancing policies and practices that expand human and civil rights, eliminate discrimination, and accelerate the well-being, education, and economic security of Black people and all persons of color.
Our mission is to serve LGBTQ youth and young adults ages 11-24. We enhance their lives by providing empowering social and service programs that promote self‐expression, self‐acceptance, leadership development, and healthy life choices.
The mission for Pilgrim Rest Foundation Human Services is to collaborate with local, state and federal agencies to develop creative partnerships to meet the various needs of our community.
Poder in Action’s mission is to build power to disrupt and dismantle systems of oppression and determine a liberated future as people of color in Arizona through our lived experience, leadership development and civic participation.
To provide educators and practitioners with an intensive laboratory experience where they can focus on their own learning and development to increase their multicultural competencies as social justice educators.
Tanner Community Development Corporation's mission is to provide programs and initiatives that produce outcomes in the community that changes people's lives.
Our mission is to teach, mentor, and provide musical experiences and opportunities to underserved youth.
Links, Inc. is an organization comprised of women of African heritage who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the identities, culture and economical survival of all people of African origin through cultural, educational and civic programs. Through our partnerships we promote activism to help bring the positive change that transcends time, race and socioeconomic differences.The cornerstone of our mission of service and cultural enrichment to the community are our five facets.  
Zion Institute exists to transform people, communities, and the marketplace to break cycles of generational poverty. with our network of service partners, provides resources to individuals and organizations designed to stimulate economic growth, revitalize neighborhoods, and strengthen social bonds among all people.


Have a positive impact on our communities.Be an Architect of Change and sign up to volunteer with the CSRD!

Volunteer Information:

  • Please register to volunteer here. 

  • Volunteer shifts- Fri. March 31, between 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm and Sat. April 1, between 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm

  • Volunteer opportunities include supporting our Community Resource Fair.  

  • All volunteers will need to attend a informational in- person training session. Fri. March 24, between 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm or Mon. March 27, between 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Sponsorship Opportunities

Delivering Democracy 2023  is made possible by the generous support of sponsors. 

We invite you to support the CSRD and Delivering Democracy 2023.  Sponsorships -- which include reserved seating -- range from $100 - $25,000 and may be made electronically via this link.  

Please contact CSRD Director Lois Brown  or ASU Foundation Office Elizabeth Muncal  to discuss sponsorships at levels above $25,000.