Title

Leaving the space better than you found it through song: Music, diversity, and mission in one black student organization

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2013

Abstract

In recounting the history and present dynamics in the Kuumba Singers of Harvard College, Sherry Deckman presents a portrait of what it means to leave a space better than you found it through song. The story of Kuumba-Harvard's oldest black student organization and now its largest multicultural organization-is told through the experiences of Sheldon K. X. Reid, the group's professional director. Issues and tensions of diversity and community surface, and we learn how Kuumba has become a space where lost cultural practices are revived through music to create a campus home and family for members of diverse backgrounds. Copyright © by the President and Fellows of Harvard College.

Publication Name

Harvard Educational Review

Volume Number

83

First Page

279

Last Page

294

Issue Number

2

DOI

10.17763/haer.83.2.48577681047466w6

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