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David Blair joins the ancestors

World-renowned and beloved Detroit artist/poet David Blair joined the ancestors July 23, two months before his 44th birthday. Blair contributed his award-winning artistry to Detroit and the world community through poetry, songwriting, musical instruments, writing, teaching and activism. He was a 2010 Callaloo Fellow, National Poetry Slam Champion, recording artist and author of the recently-released book of poetry “Moonwalking.”

He taught classes and lectured on poetry and music in Detroit Public Schools, The Ruth Ellis Center, Hannan House Senior Center, the Boll Family YMCA and numerous high schools, colleges and universities across the globe.

A memorial service and life celebration will be held for D. Blair July 31, from 2 p.m. until at the Unitarian Universalist Church (UUC) in Detroit, located at 4605 Cass Ave. The service will be preceded by a march at 1 p.m. down Cass from the corner of Cass and Martin Luther King Boulevard to the church. A potluck will follow at UUC’s Memorial Hall.

Blair’s family has set up The David Blair Memorial Fund to help with the costs of his memorial service. Any funds raised beyond these immediate expenses will be used to create a fund in his honor for Detroit artists in need of healthcare.

And every raindrop falling from the skyis like a tribute to the blue skies following behind,And every raindrop falling to the seais like a testament to a new life that will come to be.

– David Blair


For more information, visit www.dblair.org.

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