Date & Time
Thursday, October 14, 2021
Regenstein Library, Lobby
Arts and Science Intiative
An outdoor mobile musical performance of "Lead in da Watah," featuring avery r. young & de deacon board.
AT FOUR VENUES ON CAMPUS
1. Plaza at Regenstein Library, 1100 East 57th Street, 5pm
2. Middle of the Quad, between 57th Street and 59th Street, 5:25pm
3. End of Quad Plaza, Woodlawn Avenue and 58th Street, 5:35pm
4. Plaza outside the Logan Center, 915 East 60th Street, 5:45pm
avery r. young, a writer, performer, educator, composer, producer, visual artist, and activist, wrote "Lead in da Watah" in direct response to the 2014 (and ongoing) water crisis in Flint, Michigan, where lead in the public water system affected 100,000 residences. He references back to the African American spiritual "Wade in The Water," which was created and sung by slaves to convey secret codes to one another as they moved through the Underground Railroad on the road to freedom. Accompanying Young will be musicians from his band, de deacon board (playing three horns and one percussion). This mobile performance intends to highlight the growing local and international crisis of potable water and takes place in conjunction with the city-wide program Current—Chicago Water Week.
Presented by the Arts, Science + Culture Initiative and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture at The University of Chicago.