The Buzz is a podcast and radio show from Arizona Public Media, hosted by reporter Christopher Conover. On July 24th, AZPM hosted a forum centered around Gentrification and Neighborhood Change in the Lander Auditorium. During this event, Christopher Conover spoke with neighbor leaders and a familiar face to the Dunbar Pavilion community, Debi Mabie.
Every Thursday evening, DJ “Mista T,” aka Terry Thomas, of the Tucson Slide Society teaches a line dancing class at the Dunbar Pavilion in Tucson. Highly democratic, the class shares choreography for everyone and furthers a tradition of collective dance that evolved in the United States through European immigrant communities and African-American vernacular traditions.
BARBEA WILLIAMS DANCE AND PERFORMANCE COMPANY is an important part of the Dunbar Pavilion experience. She sat down with the Southwest Folk Alliance to talk about African American and Diaspora culture here in Tucson. “We’re guidepost people. We’re Baby Boomers. We want to shine light on your path, but you’ve got to walk the path and lead that way.”
Nearly eighty years ago, the Maxwell family moved to Tucson. Over the decades they helped pave the way for many of the positive changes we see in our community.