50th Anniversary of the Kuumba Singers of Harvard College

Friday, 24 April 2020 4:00 PM - Sunday, 26 April 2020 2:00 PM EST

1350 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02138, United States

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Friday, 24 April 2020 4:00 PM - Sunday, 26 April 2020 2:00 PM EST

Smith Campus Center, 1350 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02138, United States.

**For questions about the 50th Anniversary weekend, please email anniversary@kuumbasingers.org**


Black creativity has shaped our modern world. Crossing genres and media, its radiance cannot be contained. This artistry spans from the stunning stage presence of Beyonce and elegant language of Maya Angelou to the rhythms of young children learning to play the djembe. In all its complexity and simplicity, Black art captures the depth, strength, and joy that defines the Black experience. The persistent light of Black art is ever-resilient against the dark forces of white supremacy that consistently attempt to snuff it out.

The power and strength of Black artistry and creativity is not rooted in external validation. Through Black art, we forge our own glory, create our own beauty. Unlike diamonds, land, or oil, Black creativity is a limitless resource. From simple acts of self-expression to bold works that spark revolutions, the radical brilliance of Black art is undeniable in any form. It overflows with the wealth of the African diaspora. It is, without question or qualification, Black Gold.

Black Gold: The 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Kuumba Singers of Harvard College seeks to magnify the presence of Black art on this campus and beyond. We will delve into the history that has shaped the African diaspora, specifically highlighting the emergence of Kuumba as an incubator of Black art on a campus that was not meant for people of color. This anniversary will be an unabashed celebration of how far we have come, and a deep meditation on how much further we must go to ensure Black art and Black students always remain valued at Harvard.


To Reserve a Hotel Room with Kuumba's Group Discount:

Kuumba has secured discounted group rates at several hotels in the Cambridge area.  If you would like to reserve a room at one of these hotels, follow the instructions below. Please note that each property has a slightly different procedure for reserving a room. As the date of the 50th Anniversary celebration is close to the Boston Marathon, we recommend using Kuumba's group rate or reserving a room soon, as rates at other properties are likely to increase. 


1. Irving House

  • Rate starting $289/night
  • Call 617-547-4600 and mention that you are an affiliate of Kuumba to receive discounted rate.


2. Boston Marriott Cambridge 


3. Harvard Square Hotel

  • Rate starting at $290/room
  • Call 617-864-5200 and mention that you are an affiliate of Kuumba to receive the discounted rate.
  • Note: If you are interested in reserving a room, you must do so by April 3, 2020 at this property.


4. Hyatt Regency Cambridge

  • Rate starting at $269/night
  • Call 617-492-1234 and mention that you are an affiliate of Kuumba to receive the discounted rate.
  • Note: If you are interested in reserving a room, you must do so by March 27, 2020 at this property. 


 Please contact anniversary@kuumbasingers.org with any questions about anniversary programming or accomodations.

Kuumba Singers

Almost 50 years ago in 1970, Harvard did not have a space like Kuumba for Black students. Racial tensions on campus and around the country were at an all-time high, and Black students were struggling to be heard, seen, and accepted on a campus that had not imagined or made room for their presence or their inevitable excellence. These Black students saw the need to create a home where they could celebrate who they were and where they came from without fear or apology. Thus, Kuumba was born. Kuumba is a Swahili word that means "to create." In our community, we take that to mean doing what we can with what we have to leave a space better than we found it. This mission permeates and motivates our performances, our community work, and our unabashed celebration of Black art. We firmly believe that Black art sustains and directs our culture; it reminds us of our past, makes us mindful of the present, and gives us hope and guidance for the future. And we are committed—now more than ever before—to celebrating and magnifying it wherever we go. As we head into our 50th year of existence, we hope to continue to renew and revive this commitment.

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Sessions on Apr 24, 2020

05:00 PM

Cohort Dinners

05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
07:30 PM

Opening Talk

07:30 PM - 08:45 PMRichard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center
09:00 PM

Kuumba Museum and Opening Reception

09:00 PM - 10:00 PMRichard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center

Sessions on Apr 25, 2020

11:30 AM

Lunch and Keynote Speaker

11:30 AM - 01:30 PMRichard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center
01:30 PM

Kuumba Alumni Group Photos

01:30 PM - 01:45 PM
02:15 PM

Kuumba Alumni Meeting

02:15 PM - 03:30 PM
03:30 PM

Kuumba Alumni Sing

03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
08:00 PM

Black Gold: The 50th Anniversary Dean Archie C. Epps Spring Concert of the Kuumba Singers of Harvard College

08:00 PM - 10:00 PMSanders Theater
10:00 PM


10:00 PM - 12:00 AM

Sessions on Apr 26, 2020

10:00 AM

Closing Brunch

10:00 AM - 01:00 PMRichard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center
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