Half Century Celebration of the Kuumba Singers

To register for the Half Century Celebration weekend, follow this link. Upon completing the registration, you should receive a confirmation email from EventZilla that verifies your registration.

NOTE: Registration is for those who are planning to attend events throughout the weekend. If you’re only planning to attend the concert there’s no need to register! Simply purchase a concert ticket through the Harvard Box Office. Please e-mail with questions or concerns about registration.

Schedule of Events

Friday May 5, 2023

2:30-4:00pm Check-in (Loker Commons)

6:00pm Cohort Dinners in Harvard Square (more details forthcoming)

6:30-7:30pm Check-in (Loker Commons)

7:30pm Welcome Reception (Cambridge Queen’s Head Pub)


Saturday May 6, 2023 (Kuumba Museum on Display All Day in the SOCH)

8:30-9:15 am      Check-in* 

9:00-9:30 am     Breakfast and the 1970 Musical Prelude*

9:30-11:00 am    Kuumba: On This Ground We Stand, 1970-1974 (SOCH 1st Floor)

11:00-11:30am   Late Check-in*

11:15-12:30 pm  Keynote Conversation (SOCH 1st Floor) – please note this earlier start time

12:45-2:00 pm    Welcome & Luncheon*

2:00-2:45 pm     Break & Group pictures

2:45-4:00 pm     Alumni Meeting* 

4:00-5:00 pm     Alumni Sing* 

8:00-10:00 pm    Concert (Sanders Theater)

10:00 pm     Post (Cambridge Queen’s Head Pub)


Sunday May 7, 2023 (Kuumba Museum on Display All Day in the SOCH)

9:00-12:00 pm Closing Brunch w/ Keynote by Rev. Gloria White-Hammond & Ray Hammond*

* Student Organization Center at Hilles (SOCH), 1st floor

All events are mask optional. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage those in attendance to be vaccinated and boosted.

Check-in Information

Please plan to check-in with us during the weekend to receive wristbands for lunch and brunch, concert tickets, and your stole (if you pre-ordered). Check-in will be available on Friday from 2:30-4:00pm and 6:30-7:30pm in Loker Commons (in the basement of Memorial Hall). It will also be available on Saturday from 8:30-9:15am and 11:00-11:30am in the SOCH (Student Organization Center at Hilles). 

Registration is required for entry into the luncheon and brunch. All concert tickets that are not picked up at registration can be picked up at will-call in Sanders Theatre before the concert.

Shuttle & Parking Information

We recommend taking public transportation to Harvard Square when possible. Shuttles run between Harvard Yard and the Quad (SOCH) throughout the weekend. Full schedule is available online. You can also track shuttles in real time using the Shuttle Tracker

You may purchase an all day parking pass ahead of time, online, through Harvard Parking Services. The most convenient location to the SOCH (for all the events Saturday except the concert) is the Observatory lot, located at 96-58 Concord Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138. You can purchase a pass through the online system at the link above. We recommend purchasing a pass before arriving online, as spots are assigned based on availability. 

Free parking for the Concert (Saturday evening) is available at the 52 Oxford Street Garage, located at the intersection of Everett and Oxford Streets. Parking is in an underground, attended garage. Parking is from one hour pre-performance to one hour after the concert. Simply tell the attendant you are attending a concert in Sanders theater. You will be given a ticket to get back into the garage. 

In addition, parking meters in the City of Cambridge are free after 8pm. Most meters have a 2-hour limit, meaning if you park anytime after 6pm, you would be able to pay until 8pm and stay in that spot until after the concert. 

Sanders Theater accessibility:

  • Patrons may be dropped off in the circle driveway on the Kirkland Street side of Sanders Theatre near the accessible entrance, at 6 Kirkland Street
  • Sanders Theatre is accessible on the floor level with ramps at both entrances to the Memorial Transept (lobby). The north entrance is off Kirkland Street and the south entrance is off Cambridge Street. Note: the Theatre does not provide wheelchairs. Accessible seating in the Theatre is on the Orchestra level only, sold at all price levels based upon availability. There are elevators in the building that lead to restrooms in the basement; however, not to Mezzanine or Balcony seating.

On Sunday, parking is free in any metered spot, as well as legal in Resident Parking areas, throughout the City of Cambridge. Though you may also purchase a pass for the Observatory lot (see instructions above) if you prefer the convenience of not street parking.

Additional information for public parking options around Harvard Square are available here.

Event Locations

Loker Commons – basement of Memorial Hall, 45 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Cambridge Queens Head Pub – basement of Memorial Hall, 45 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Student Organization Center at Hilles (SOCH) – 59 Sheppard St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Sanders Theatre -45 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Questions or concerns? E-mail