The Just and the Blind

November 04, 2021, 7:30 PM
Camp Concert Hall

Conceived and written by Marc Bamuthi Joseph  
Original musical score by Daniel Bernard Roumain 
Directed by Michael John Garcés 

$25 general admission
$10 non-UR students and youth 18 and under
Free UR students

“A concert of voice, body, and musical and visual scores that collectively draw a map of black parenthood and American justice.”—New York Times

Through poignant and pressing vignettes, The Just and the Blind illuminates the unseen and under-heard experiences of incarcerated youth and the realities their families face. Artfully and powerfully combining live performance and visually striking photography and projected animation, spoken-word artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph and composer-violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain present an intensely personal and important exploration of racial profiling, the prison-industrial complex, and parenthood from the perspective of fathers of Brown sons.

Centered on the humanity of the historically marginalized, The Just and the Blind provides a framework for the unique voices of the community, striving to humanize the Black and Brown children that are enmeshed in it. Also joining them will be a special, to-be-announced, Richmond vocalist to perform on the program.

Marc Bamuthi Joseph is a spoken-word poet, dancer, playwright, and educator whose bold, poetically driven work investigates social issues and cultural identity. He currently serves as vice president and artistic director of social impact at The Kennedy Center. He wrote the libretto for the opera We Shall Not Be Moved, which was named one of 2017’s “Best Classical Music Performances” by the New York Times.
Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) is a prolific and endlessly collaborative composer, performer, educator, and social entrepreneur. “About as omnivorous as a contemporary artist gets” (New York Times), DBR has worked with artists from Philip Glass to Bill T. Jones to Lady Gaga; appeared on NPR, American Idol, and ESPN; and has collaborated with the Sydney Opera House and the City of Burlington, Vermont. Acclaimed as a violinist and activist, DBR’s career spans more than two decades, earning commissions by venerable artists and institutions worldwide.

Support funded in part by the Cultural Affairs Committee.


Post-Performance Discussion with the artists, including a short film screening.


The Just and The Blind Website 

You Have the Rite – Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s Ted Talk

About Face - Poetry Dance Music: The first of a three-part short film series offering a different spin on the school to prison pipeline and the role of fathers of Black and Brown children.

Arts for Healing and Justice Network

Youth Justice Coalition

RISE For Youth, a Richmond-based organization dismantling the youth prison model and promoting community-based alternatives to youth incarceration.