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Local resident and internationally acclaimed musician David LaMotte in November completed his sixth and final year on the American Friends Service Committee’s Nobel Peace Prize nominating committee. As he describes it, the experience has been rich and deeply rewarding.
Philanthropy and the desire to work for peace have been constant threads throughout LaMotte’s career, one in which he has given more than 3,000 concerts and written 12 CDs and three books.
The desire to help others was ingrained in LaMotte early on. The grandson and son of Presbyterian ministers and the brother of another, he calls himself a “Quakerterian,” a mashup reflecting his respect for his Presbyterian heritage and his adherence to Quaker theological beliefs.
The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization supported by Quakers and non-Quakers alike who support Quaker thought and practice. The organization is eligible to submit nominations to the Nobel Peace Prize because it received one itself in 1947. That prize was awarded to the American group and to the British Council of Friends on behalf of Quakers worldwide for their work for peace during and after World War II. The prize was the first Nobel Peace Prize awarded to an entire faith.
…the rest of the article is here at the Black Mountain News website.