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Jan Knippers Black Music Series

Bill Phillips playing Jan Knippers Black's piano.
Bill Phillips playing Jan Knippers Black's piano.

I attended the first Jan Knippers Black monthly concert last night at the Center for Change and it was inspiring and fun to see so many good people and listen to such great music played on Jan’s piano. Jan was a professor at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and we have been friends and fellow political activists for years. Sadly, Jan passed away two years ago, but this music series is a great way to remember her contributions to peace and human rights. She loved music and she loved the Center for Change; it feels fitting that her piano is there with her picture on it.

There were over thirty people in attendance to listen to Bob Phillips play and we were not disappointed. Bob played a variety of jazz tunes that were uplifting and brought smiles to everyone’s face. And the event raised funds to help support the Center for Change. I couldn’t help but imagine Jan saying she would have brought her piano to the Center for Change years ago if she knew how it would bring our community together for a good cause.

It was also nice to see so many great people who do so much for our community in attendance. Here I am with Jeanne Turner who is one of the best activists and volunteers in the Monterey Peninsula.

Alan Haffa and Jeanne Turner at the Center for Change.

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