Hialeah High School, Hialeah, Fla.

FEBRUARY 11, 2000

Hello Hialeah High!!! Thank you so much for your warm welcome. I want to thank my good friends Tom Carter, Herbie Hancock, and Thelonious Monk. I am so thrilled to be a part of this program and to carry its mission to Hialeah High.

For a few years now, the Thelonious Monk Institute has put jazz back into music education courses. Today, the Thelonious Monk Institute is launching its “Jazz in America” program into cyberspace. By creating the “Jazz in America” website and taking jazz education on-line, more children can learn Jazz and one day maybe create their own Jazz.

Today, technology is so important for full participation in our political, economic and social life. But, there is a growing gap between those who have Internet access and those who don’t. This Administration is fighting hard to eliminate the Digital Divide.

We need to make sure everyone can take advantage these new Internet resources like this. Al and I see a day when any child can reach a hand across a keyboard and read any book every written, see every painting ever painted, or hear every Jazz song ever composed. It will go a long way to extending the spirit and musical brilliance that we have all enjoyed here today and can help bring all Americans into the information age.

But having access to the Internet is just one step in creating opportunity. That’s why this Administration is fighting to preserve affirmative action. This Administration understands that affirmative action means that our daughters will have the same chances as our sons. It means that our gender or our race should not stop us from achieving our dreams and living up to our God Given potential.

I want to extend my deepest thanks to the Thelonious Monk Institute and to Hialeah High School.

It’s time to hear some jazz. It’s my great pleasure to introduce some of the greatest musicians in Jazz today: Herbie Hancock, Bob Hurst, Terri Lyne Carrington, Darren Barrett, and Bobby Watson.

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