"While acquiring my masters degree in Public Administration, a very good friend of mine from school who lived (and still lives) in Watts told me about the Jazz and Drum festivals. Festivals like these helped me to pursue my love of jazz and drum.
I have been coming to the festival since 1985. I am from Long Branch, New Jersey. I came to Los Angeles by way of U. C. Berkeley and took up residence at the University of Southern California.
My degree focuses on Community Activism and Advocacy with an emphasis on minorities and the disabled. People seeing me at these festivals and accommodating my physical requirements for attending them makes both myself and them more aware of what actually constitutes a physical challenge.
I can hear the delicious music. I can taste all the beautiful and uniquely stimulating things that there are to see. And I can smell and feel the vibrations of kindred spirits as they listen and feel some of what I do..."