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Keynote Speaker



Dante’ Pope
Artist, educator, and advocate

Dante’ Pope Bio

Dante’ Pope is a multi-genre, multi-disciplinary, international touring percussionist and vocalist born and raised on the west side of Chicago. His eclectic style is a pure reflection of the diverse influences he garnered while playing in the church in Austin and North Lawndale and his formal training at the Merit School of Music, in downtown Chicago. While majoring in Political Science at Fisk University, he toured the country with the world-renowned Fisk Jubilee Singers. His dedication to service led him to our Nationals Capitol, where he served as Legislative Assistant for Congressman Danny K. Davis of the 7th Congressional District of Illinois from 2007-2012 and then took the leap to leave the halls of Congress for the stage. 

Since his time in the world of politics, he has toured with a variety of artists across genres. Dante’ toured with GRAMMY award-winning artist Dom Flemons and was a collaborator on his GRAMMY-nominated project, Black Cowboys. He served as Music Director for soul vocalist Raheem DeVaughn and lyricist Wes Felton’s project The Crossrhodes featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series. Currently, he’s a member of two-time GRAMMY award-winning group, Old Crow Medicine Show as featured percussionist, vocalist, and pianist. 

Learn more about Dante’ Pope here!

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