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The Frederick Speaker Series presents Chuck D, leader and co-founder of the legendary rap group Public Enemy, at the Weinberg Center for the Arts on Thursday, April 18, at 7:30 PM.

Tickets start at $50 and may be purchased online at WeinbergCenter.org, by calling the box office at 301-600-2828, or in person at 20 West Patrick Street. Discounts are available for students, children, military, and seniors. A ticketed Meet & Greet follows the event to benefit children’s programming at Frederick County Public Libraries.

Chuck D is a multifaceted figure in the music industry and beyond. As the author of two critically acclaimed books and a political activist, publisher, radio host, and producer, he has left an indelible mark on American culture. His work extends beyond music, with over fifty documentaries featuring his insights on music, technology, politics, and race. Chuck D’s voice has also been prominent in public service announcements for national peace and drug prevention initiatives. For the past five years, Chuck D has hosted “On the Real/Off the Record” on Air America, where he has interviewed some of the most influential figures in music and politics. His depth of knowledge in the music business, entertainment industry, and racial politics in America is unparalleled. Chuck D’s recent book, “This Day in Rap and Hip-Hop History,” released in 2017, further showcases his expertise and passion for the art form. He has also taken on a mentoring role, particularly in communities such as South Africa and Nigeria, where Public Enemy has led workshops and fostered cultural exchange through hip hop. As a national spokesperson for Rock the Vote, the National Urban League, and the National Alliance for African American Athletes, Chuck D continues to advocate for social causes and amplify marginalized voices.

A complete listing of artists and performers scheduled for the 2023-24 season can be found at WeinbergCenter.org.

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