First Parish Church
3 Church Street, Cambridge, MA
Sat., Apr. 29, 2017, 8 p.m.
Kuumba (pronounced “koo-oom-bah”) is a Swahili word meaning “to create” and expresses the choir’s mission to express the creativity and spirituality of Black people through song and other art forms, such as dance, poetry, and spoken word. Kuumba was founded in 1970 by Black Harvard undergraduates, and is the oldest existing Black organization at Harvard. Founded during a time of racial tension and campus unrest during the era of “Black Power” and Black pride that immediately followed the 1968 assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the choir emerged as a safe space for Black students. Today, Kuumba continues to serve as a source of community and space to reflect the creative genius of Black people through the rich diversity of Diasporic music and cultural expression. Kuumba strives to do what we can with what we have to leave a space better than we found it.
The past year has been tumultuous. The political environment, characterized by hateful and discriminatory rhetoric, has been draining. Everything around us is turbulent and heavy. Yet we are still here. We still wake up each day and face the world. We still remain steadfast and committed to remain strong, hoping that the future holds even greater victories than those encountered in the past.
We invite you to celebrate this resilience at “We Come Through the Storm,” our 47th Annual Dean Archie C. Epps Spring Concert. Although the winds of hate and violence continue to blow, threatening to swallow us whole, we remain anchored in who we are and what we believe to be true; that our spirits cannot and will not be diminished, and that when all is said and done, we stand strong.
Stand strong with us and enjoy a night of song, dance, spoken word, and defiant joy!
Gazette Classification: Concerts, Music
Organization/Sponsor: The Kuumba Singers of Harvard College
Cost: $8 for Students, $12 for general admission
Ticket Info: Tickets are available through the Harvard Box Office; visit its temporary location in Farkas Hall, go to www.boxoffice.harvard.edu, or call 617-496-2222. You can also purchase tickets at www.kuumbasingers.org.