Word Sounds and Power: Poem for the Living

Thursday, February 3, 2022 -
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Rockwell Hall
Murphy Auditorium

In celebration of Black History Month, join us at the Kent State University Museum for Word Sounds and Power: Poem for the Living. This multimedia exploration is the poignant personal story of poet Mwatabu S. Okantah, ’76, interim chair of the Department of Africana Studies, as he tells the story of self-discovery, healing and transformation rendered in original music and poetry, with keyboard artist Vince Robinson, ’80, and violinist Annie Fullard.

Tameka Ellington, Ph.D. ’99, ’11, former interim Assistant Dean of the College of the Arts and co-curator of TEXTURES: the history and art of Black hair exhibit, will lead a short discussion with Okantah following the performance.

This event will be livestreamed for those unable to physically attend. Following the program, in-person guests can enjoy a dessert reception and browse the TEXTURES: the history and art of Black hair exhibit.

This program is presented in partnership by the Kent State University Museum, Division of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement and the Wick Poetry Center.