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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

FLINT, Mich. (AP)—Yo-Yo Ma brought both music and a call for social change to Flint, Michigan.

The famed cellist performed for more than 100 fans inside a gymnasium at Berston Field House during his visit Thursday to the city that's still feeling the effects of a lead-contaminated water crisis.

But Ma says he found a community that is about much more than “water problems.”

The Grammy-winning artist was in Vehicle City as part of a “Day of Action” themed “Flint Voices: Culture, Community, and Resilience” that included a tour of spots around the city with recording artist Tunde Olaniran and an invitation-only working session with dozens of Flint-based community leaders at the Flint Fresh Food Hub to discuss cultural collaboration for social change.

As for a takeaway from his visit, Ma says it will be “an awesome respect for the people here and for the dignity that they have.”