PRESENTATION STATEMENT TO YEHUDI MENUHIN
BY GARRY DAVIS
KENNEDY CENTER, WASHINGTON, D.C., MARCH 16, 1980
If any proof were required of the essential unity of the human family, music alone would be sufficient.
Throughout recorded time, music has always been the ultimate distillation of humanity's wisdom, prophecy and teaching.
The men and women who work, in total commitment, with this universal language, are surely idealists and-yes-utopians. For, in their lonely agony and joy, they strive to neutralize the divisive forces forever active in the human drama.
In your devotion, Yehudi Menuhin, to this hallowed and healing art, in your unrelenting dedication to bestowing the blessing of your genius on your fellow humans, you are a true peacemaker.
You, with your music, have traveled the globe, mocking the artificial barriers of nationalism, inspiring all who listen to join with you in the transcendent witness of world unity.
In the name of the homeless and the oppressed of our world community, I am honored and pleased to present you with this WORLD DONOR PASSPORT, a document similar to that which offers the only spark of hope and human dignity to thousands of those who have become pawns in the foolish and deadly game of absolute national sovereignty.
I offer it in deep appreciation of your active and courageous practice of the ideals of world citizenship.