Marc Bamuthi Joseph (writer/performer of /peh-Lo-tah/, which we presented in our 2018-19 season) offered a riveting and timely keynote presentation at this week’s virtual event titled, Under the Radar Symposium: A Creative Summit. You can listen to the full symposium here on HowlRound, or you can watch Bamuthi Joseph’s keynote by starting at 40:35 at the video below. Marc Bamuthi Joseph is the Vice President and Artistic Director of Social Impact at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
“Who is leading the public imagination? if racism is structural, than anti-racism must be structural.”
“Racism is an American narcotic. In 2020, we get sick.”
“Is there someone right now drafting a plan for national healing?”
“I ask of arts organizations and the people who support them: if not a pandemic, then what act of nature— like the poet Nicole Sealey says, ‘what hysterical strength do we need to lift the country up?’—to act as some of us must with the courage it takes to survive with our collective health intact.”
Check out Bamuthi Joseph’s 45 Lies project at https://www.45lies2020.com/.
Learn more about /peh-Lo-tah/‘s Boston run in 2019.
Watch the 2020 Under the Radar Festival’s offerings NOW – JAN 17.