Past Event

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

May 6, 2022
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

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 co-sponsored by Columbia Summer Session; the Henry Luce Foundation; the Columbia University Center on African-American Religion, Sexual Politics and Social Justice; the Columbia University Arts Initiative; Columbia University Life; the Columbia University African American and African Diaspora Studies Department; the Columbia University Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life; and the Columbia University Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities.


Date: Friday, May 6, 2022

Time: Doors open at 4:30 p.m.; Event Begins at 5:30 p.m.

Location: Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway, New York, NY 10027


Please RSVP by May 5, 2022


This event will be held in person. For questions, please contact [email protected].

For additional information about program offerings for Columbia University Summer Sessions, please contact an Admissions counselor at 212-854-9666 or [email protected].


Please note the COVID-19 requirements for this event:

To attend this event, Columbia University ID holders must review and complete the required protocol for coming to campus. All guests must show proof of vaccination with identification. Masking indoors is optional. No assumptions should be made regarding why an individual chooses to mask.

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