Saturday, Dec 07, 2019 8:00p -
Memorial Church of Harvard University
1 Harvard Yard
Cambridge, MA 02138
Art, Kid Friendly, Music, Performing Arts
The Kuumba Singers of Harvard College would like to formally invite you to “Following the Guiding Star,” our upcoming Christmas Concert! Admission is FREE and tickets may be picked up at the Harvard Box Office or reserved on their website.
The word kuumba, a Swahili word that means “to create,” encapsulates the spirit of the choir’s mission, which is to celebrate the creativity and spirituality of Black people in all of its forms. Kuumba was founded in 1970 by Black Harvard undergraduates, and is the oldest continuous Black undergraduate organization on Harvard’s campus. Founded during a time of intensified racial tensions and campus unrest following 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, as well as a space to celebrate the creative genius of Black people through song, dance, poetry, and many other forms of artistic expression.
As we prepare to gather with loved ones this holiday season we hope to explore ideas of journeys and guidance for our 49th Annual Dr. S. Allen Counter Christmas Concert. Across the African Diaspora and throughout history, stars have guided people to their homes, to new lands, and to the promise of freedom. Stars showed us the way through trials and tribulations, during times when it felt that the darkness would never end. We look to the stars as a way to find ourselves and recognize the radiance we have within- our capacity for creativity, innovation, and unwavering faith. The stars serve as an ever present reminder of the infinite hopes and dreams of the people who came before and the people who will come after. We invite you to join us in celebrating the Black art that has guided us through the ages and recognize the many stars that have provided us with the light to forge forward.