The Kuumba Singers of Harvard College


Come See us on our Spring Tour!

Kuumba (pronounced “koo-oom-bah”) is a Swahili word meaning “to create” and expresses the choir’s mission to express the creativity and spirituality of Black people through song and other art forms, such as dance, poetry, and spoken word. Kuumba was founded in 1970 by Black Harvard undergraduates and is the oldest existing Black organization at Harvard. Founded during a time of racial tension and campus unrest during the era of “Black Power” and Black pride that immediately followed 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 and to reflect the creative genius of Black people through the rich diversity of Diasporic music and cultural expression. Kuumba strives to do what we can with what we have to leave a space better than we found it.


This year for our Spring Tour we will be visiting Washington D.C. March 11 and 12. We encourage you to come to our performaces:

Saturday, March 11

4:30 - 6:30 PM

Concert at Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ with reception to follow

3845 S Capitol St SW, Washington, DC 20032

Sunday, March 12

7:15 - 7:30 AM

Alfred Street Baptist Church

301 S Alfred St, Alexandria, VA 22314


See here for our full tour schedule.


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