Solomon Parham, cultural specialist, Linwood Monroe Arts Plus

“My work as a cultural specialist at Linwood Monroe Arts Plus allows me to connect with students. I can be their voice when that’s needed, and I support teachers in their efforts to maintain safe and civil environments. Outside LMAP, I am a professional trumpeter. When I was younger, one of my musical heroes was Wynton Marsalis, who frequented Detroit where I grew up. He shared a valuable piece of wisdom: ‘Always have a teacher, a mentor, and stay humble.’ He would say, ‘Your best is someone else’s beginning.’ My wife and I got married three years ago and as a wedding gift I received a trumpet from Wynton. Staying humble yields beautiful things.” - Solomon Parham, cultural specialist at Linwood Monroe Arts Plus.