To say I knew Khalil is a rare privilege! I first met this remarkable man when I served as president of the board of directors for Jerry Brown’s Oakland School for the Arts. He was a man of peaceful strength and dignity. Beloved of his students, admired by his musical peers, and respected by his friends, his life was a guidebook for dedication, passion and commitment.
For those of you who do not know him I would encourage you to click the link in his name and find out about the career of this dedicated musician, teacher and humanist. He has played with the greats, like Jimmy Hendrix, the students and the jammers. And always he elevated each and every one to new levels of expression and humanity.
I would also encourage you to read the article in the San Jose Mercury News if you wish to learn more.
I did not know him as well or for as long as I would have liked, but I knew him well enough to know the world of music, faith and peaceful humanity has lost one of our major guiding lights!
Khalil Shaheed, will remain forever one of God’s ambassadors of peaceful dignity!