Musician Aaron Dworkin, Founder & President Of The Sphinx Organization, Discusses His Memoir: "Uncommon Rhythm: A Black, White, Jewish, Jehovah's Witness, Irish Catholic Adoptee's Journey to Leadership"

This event was held on December 13, 2011 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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AADL is extremely proud to host violinist, arts educator, and President of the Detroit-based Sphinx Organization Aaron Dworkin, as he discusses his long-awaited inspirational memoir "Uncommon Rhythm: A Black, White, Jewish, Jehovah's Witness, Irish Catholic Adoptee's Journey to Leadership." The book is a harrowing yet moving account of Aaron's personal journey through social isolation and discrimination to found one of the nation's cultural jewels, the Sphinx Organization. Books will be on sale at the event and the evening will include a book signing.

"Uncommon Rhythm" is a tapestry of stirring narrative, precious photos and poignant poems. A MacArthur Fellow, Aaron is driven by the single vision of inclusion for all, and hopes that this book will inspire all people who have ever felt like outsiders to nurture their own gifts and make valuable contributions to society.

Named a MacArthur Fellow, a Member of the Obama National Arts Policy Committee and President Obama's first nominee to the National Council on the Arts, Aaron P. Dworkin is the Founder and President of the Sphinx Organization, the leading national arts organization that focuses on youth development and diversity in classical music. An author, social entrepreneur, artist-citizen and an avid youth education advocate, he has received extensive national recognition for his vast accomplishments.

He is the recipient of the National Governors Association Distinguished Service to State Government Award, Detroit Symphony's Lifetime Achievement Award, Michiganian of the Year, Crain's 40 Under 40 and Who's Who Awards, BET's History Makers in the Making Award, AT&T Excellence in Education Award, University of Michigan's African-American Alumni Council's 5 Under 10 Award, Entrepreneur Of The Year Award by the National Black MBA Association-Detroit Chapter, and Interlochen Arts Academy's 2003 Path of Inspiration Award.

He has also been named one of Newsweek's 15 People Who Make America Great and has been featured in People Magazine, on NBC's Today Show and Nightly News with Brian Williams, on CNN's Airport Network-Innovator Series and Anderson Cooper 360 and on NPR's The Story and Performance Today. In addition, he has appeared in numerous articles in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Detroit News and Free Press, Washington Post, Chronicle of Philanthropy, Emerge and Jet Magazines and many other media outlets.

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