Konjo! To Perform at Yale Art Gallery Lecture Hall

Konjo! a popular performance group based at Yale University’s Afro-American Cultural Center, is set to perform at the Yale University Art Gallery’s McNeil Lecture Hall, entrance on High Street, at 10:30 a.m. on Friday.

Konjo! is one of several groups comprising a traveling show titled “Cultural Caravan,” a program created by the staff at the Afro-American Cultural Center and designed to take Yale African-American students into the community. Cultural Caravan’s goal is to educate children about the history, triumphs, struggles and current events within African-American life and culture. The traveling show performs widely at school assemblies during February - Black History Month - as well as in March and April.

At this Friday’s performance, over 320 students from kindergarten through fifth grade will attend. Performers will be Yale students as story-tellers (griots), including dramatizations of prominent African-Americans such as Mae Jemison, Toni Morrison, Ralph Bunche, Ben Carson and Oprah Winfrey. In addition, Steppin’ Out and the Yale Gospel Choir will perform, taking students through a journey of African-American history to the present.

“Yale students want to go where the community is, but they also want to inspire New Haven youth with what Yale has to offer,” said Pamela Y. George, assistant dean of Yale College. To this end, prior to the performance, the staff at the Afro-American Cultural Center will take students on a brief tour of the campus beginning at 9:30 a.m. Fifth graders will have the opportunity to tour the Langston Hughes exhibit on display in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Following the performance, students will enjoy lunch at the Afro-American Cultural Center.

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