ERIC Number: EJ1017291
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 3
Leaving the Space Better than You Found It through Song: Music, Diversity, and Mission in One Black Student Organization
Deckman, Sherry L.
Harvard Educational Review, v83 n2 p279-294 Sum 2013
In recounting the history and present dynamics in the Kuumba Singers of Harvard College, Sherry Deckman presents a portrait of what it means to leave a space better than you found it through song. The story of Kuumba--Harvard's oldest black student organization and now its largest multicultural organization--is told through the experiences of Sheldon K. X. Reid, the group's professional director. Issues and tensions of diversity and community surface, and we learn how Kuumba has become a space where lost cultural practices are revived through music to create a campus home and family for members of diverse backgrounds.
Descriptors: African American Students, Student Organizations, Power Structure, Student Diversity, Figurative Language, Ethnic Diversity, African American Culture, Social Bias, Social Change, Cultural Pluralism, College Students, Personal Narratives, College Faculty, Whites, Singing, Music
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts