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

Tonight's Program

Through a series of 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, 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 Black and Brown sons." The longtime collaborators are joined by flexing street dancer King Havoc and Richmond's own award-winning jazz vocalist Desirée Roots.

A 2017 TEDGlobal Fellow and the recipient of the Guggenheim social practice initiative, Marc Barmuthi Joseph is a curator of words, ideas, and protagonists. His bold poetically-driven work investigates social issues and cultural identity. He currently serves as vice president and artistic director of social impact at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Daniel Bernard Roumain’s acclaimed work as a composer, performer, educator, and activist spans more than two decades, and he has been commissioned by venerable artists and institutions worldwide. “About as omnivorous as a contemporary artist gets” (The New York Times), DBR is perhaps the only composer whose collaborations span Philip Glass, Bill T. Jones, Savion Glover, and Lady Gaga. King Havoc is a talented flexing artist based in New York City who has credits with premiere performers and tours like Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, and Usher. He has also directly participated with incarcerated youth in his community through arts mentorship programs.

A post-performance Q&A discussion will take place in the concert hall immediately following the event with the artists.

Support funded in part by the Cultural Affairs Committee.


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.