New England Conservatory’s Black Student Union Celebrates the King Legacy

Black Student Union leaders Naledi Masilo, Paul Mardy, Robyn Smith, and Evan Wright

The Bay State Banner's Celina Colby previews the NEC Black Student Union's annual Coretta Scott King concert:

“Especially in this conservatory, where minorities really are a minority, we’re trying to think of ways to bring blackness into this space and to experience this space differently,” says Masilo.

“We really want to create a space where all forms of art can exist together in the same way, all forms of people can exist in the same spaces in harmony, each looking different but each being of the same significance.”

Not only will the show boast artists of all kinds, the musical selections include performances by NEC’s Gospel and West African ensembles. Spirituals will make an appearance along with work by William Grant Still and Angelique Kidjo. The goal is to represent the widespread art forms of the African diaspora.

Perhaps most exciting, Masilo says the team dug through the archives to find musical selections Coretta Scott King herself performed at NEC. A member of the BSU will perform a few of these pieces during the concert.

Thu, Feb 20: Continuation of a Dream: The Dream Reimagined, 7 p.m. Reserve your free tickets


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