Spokesperson for the Slave Route Project: Marcus Miller
“The story of slavery tells us that we can overcome. That the world can change for the better. And that we can do more than simply survive – we can soar!” (Marcus Miller)
American jazz musician, composer and producer Marcus Miller was designated as a UNESCO Artist for Peace, at the U.S. Mission to UNESCO's Independence Day celebration. Mr. Miller gave the following remarks upon receiving his title.
UNESCO Director-General nominated on July 4, 2013 renowned American jazz musician, composer and producer Marcus Miller, as a UNESCO Artist for Peace and the Spokesperson for the Slave Route Project.
Marcus Miller supports and promotes UNESCO’s Slave Route Project, especially during its 20th anniversary next year, raising awareness about a phenomenon that has had a profound impact on the modern world, from religion and culture to the human rights movement.
Two-time Grammy-winner Marcus Miller is best known as an electric bassist, but he is also an accomplished keyboardist, clarinetist/ bass clarinetist. He has over 500 recording credits to his name on albums across a broad spectrum of musical styles, from jazz to R&B and opera, working with such legendary artists as Miles Davis, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Eric Clapton and many others.
Miller also participated in the events at United Nations Headquarters last March, commemorating the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, celebrated each 25 March. This Day was adopted by a UN Resolution in 2007 to complement UNESCO’s International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade, the abolition of which is commemorated every year on 23 August.
As an Artist for Peace, Marcus Miller will work with UNESCO to promote the lessons learnt from the tragedy of slavery and the slave trade, and how they can be used to address many of today’s major issues: national reconciliation, respect for cultural pluralism and the need to construct inclusive and just societies.