Past Event

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

May 6, 2022
5:30 PM

Co-Sponsored Event

Please RSVP by May 1, 2022

Doors open at 4:30 p.m.; Event begins at 5:30 p.m. This event will be held in person.
For questions, please contact [email protected].

Please join us for a special event on May 6: “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 co-sponsored by the Columbia University Arts Initiative , Columbia University Life and the African American & African Diaspora Studies

Poster artwork for event Say it Loud