UNITY among the races

"Race Relations are about who it is we really are," says Walter Robinson. "They're also about dignity ... and understanding."

Robinson has spent the last 15 years expanding those ideas through his music-making and teaching.

His concerns about interracial harmony began to take shape at the impressionable age of 17, when he was playing double bass with a jazz trio one summer on Martha's Vineyard. It was his first professional road gig. The members of the trio had scarcely begun their engagement and were just beginning to enjoy their bucolic surroundings when they were inexplicable—and unceremoniously—fired.

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A Stepmother's spiritual journey
October 28, 2002

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