I Too Am Harvard

Since 1998, the Kuumba Singers of Harvard College have hosted the Dr. Walter J. Leonard Black Arts Festival (BAF) to celebrate the talents and arts of the Black community. The Festival has involved various live performances of music, song, dance, film, theater, spoken word, as well as workshops, panel discussions, and art displays. In March 2014, BAF will be celebrating its 16th year with the theme: Jumping at the Son.

The theme is inspired by a quote from Zora Neale Hurston where she says: “Mama exhorted her children at every opportunity to 'jump at the sun.' We might not land on the sun, but at least we would get off the ground.” There is a purposeful change from ‘sun’ to ‘son’ to emphasize the importance of God’s grace in showing each of us our purpose in life. Thus, this year’s Festival will focus simultaneously on the unique beauty of Black people while affirming the transcendent power of our community.

Through this lens, BAF will focus on exploring Black identities and how that impacts our respective communities through the medium of art. Specifically, this year’s theme will use music, visual art, spoken word, and discussion to illustrate the way that the Black community incorporates the complexity of the individual to further God’s purpose for their life while the community serves as the breeding ground for a purpose far greater than ourselves.

Please join us as we reflect upon our various communities and pay homage to the rich legacy of Black art and history on the weekend of March 7-9, 2014. Further details about the weekend’s events can be found here!

Much Love,
Paige Woods
Chair of the Black Arts Festival, 2013-2014

For more information about BAF, email blackartsfestival@kuumbasingers.org.


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