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Say It Loud: Poets, Preachers, and the Politics of Black Faith

General Programming, Public Humanities

dateMay 6, 2022 timeFriday, 5:30pm–7:00pm EDT location Miller Theatre, Columbia University
  • Miller Theatre's COVID-19 policies and guidelines require attendees to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination with an accompanying ID.

  • The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities
  • Columbia University Arts Initiative
  • Columbia University Life
  • Center on African-American Religion, Sexual Politics and Social Justice
  • Columbia Summer Session
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  • Free and open to the public
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Title, date, location, participants, and sponsors of event with headshots of Joshua Bennett, Saul Williams, and Josef Sorett

A Performance and Public Conversation with Joshua Bennett and Saul Williams

Join us for a special event: “Say It Loud: Poets, Preachers, and the Politics of Black Faith,” hosted by Josef Sorett, Chair of the Department of Religion and Professor of Religion and of African American and African Diaspora Studies at Columbia University. The evening will feature a combination of live performance and a conversation between Joshua Bennett, award-winning author and Professor of English at Dartmouth College; and Saul Williams, critically acclaimed musician, poet, and actor.

They will discuss the history and cultural politics of the spoken word: examining the connections between black poetics and black preaching, religious tradition and the literary arts, and performance as a practice of freedom. Professor Sorett will teach Religion and the History of Hip Hop at the 2022 Columbia Summer Session. This event is in person and is co-sponsored by the Columbia University Arts Initiative, Columbia University Life, and The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities.