50th Anniversary of the Kuumba Singers of Harvard College

Fri, April 24 2020, 4:00 PM - Sun, April 26 2020, 2:00 PM [EST]

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

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50th Weekend Pass Partial Approval - $50.00

Sale ends on - 04/26/2020

This pass includes access to all weekend events excluding the Luncheon on Saturday and Sunday brunch. If you would like to attend either of these events, you may add them to your Weekend Pass at an additional fee.

Child Ticket Partial Approval - $40.00

Sale ends on - 04/26/2020

Discounted tickets are valid for children between the ages of 13 and 18. Children younger than 13 are free.

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Event Information

Fri, April 24 2020, 4:00 PM - Sun, April 26 2020, 2:00 PM [EST]

About the Event

**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.

About the Organizer

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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Event Schedule

  • April 24, 2020
  • April 25, 2020
  • April 26, 2020
05:00 PM
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07:00 PM

Cohort Dinners

$0.00

Catch-up with your Kuumba cohortmates and reminisce about your time in Kuumba over dinner in Harvard Square. ***The cost of dinner is not included with the purchase of a weekend pass***

07:30 PM
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08:45 PM

Opening Talk

Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center

$0.00

Join us for an electrifying start to the anniversary weekend with an opening talk from Rev. Dennis Wiley about the history of Kuumba and its role as a performing arts and activist space.

09:00 PM
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10:00 PM

Kuumba Museum and Opening Reception

Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center

$0.00

Journey through 5 decades of Kuumba history. Exhibits will include Kuumba memorabilia through the ages, historical documents that chart Kuumba's growth, and interactive multimedia. Dessert & cocktails to be served. Complete the first day of the anniversary weekend with this opportunity to reflect on the last 50 years.

11:30 AM
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01:30 PM

Lunch and Keynote Speaker

Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center

$12.50

Join current choir members for lunch followed by a keynote talk by Karen Freeman-Wilson '82, Kuumba alumna and former mayor of Gary, Indiana.

01:30 PM
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01:45 PM

Kuumba Alumni Group Photos

$0.00

02:15 PM
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03:30 PM

Kuumba Alumni Meeting

$0.00

Interact with fellow alumni and learn more about the progress of Kuumba's Endowment Campaign.

03:30 PM
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05:00 PM

Kuumba Alumni Sing

$0.00

Lift every voice and sing your favorite Kuumba songs with fellow alumni.

08:00 PM
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10:00 PM

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

Sanders Theater

$0.00

Experience a joyous night of song, dance, and spoken word at this historic concert. *Please note that the price of registration includes a ticket to the concert.*

10:00 PM
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12:00 AM

Post

$0.00

Continue the celebration well into the night with Kuumba's beloved post-concert dinner and sing-a-long.

10:00 AM
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01:00 PM

Closing Brunch

Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center

$12.50

Join us for the final event of the weekend as we cast a vision for Kuumba’s next 50 years.