The Just and the Blind

Conceived & written by Marc Bamuthi Joseph | Original music by Daniel Bernard Roumain | Directed by Michael John Garcés
Emerson Paramount Center

The Just and the Blind is one of the most unique and powerfully urgent works that we’re presenting this season. This multimedia journey of poetry, music, dance, photography, and projected animation sold out its commissioned premiere at Carnegie Hall, and it’s now touring the country’s most significant cultural centers. Conceived, written, and narrated by the captivating spoken-word artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph, The Just and the Blind “explore[s] themes of racial profiling, sentencing, and the prison-industrial complex from the perspective of fathers of Black and Brown children… centered on the humanity of the historically marginalized, provid[ing] a framework for the unique voices of the community, striving to humanize the Black and Brown children who are enmeshed in it.”

The work features live, original music by composer and multi-instrumentalist Daniel Bernard Roumain, a boundary-defying musician whose high-profile collaborations include such varied artists as Philip Glass, Bill T. Jones, Savion Glover, and Lady Gaga. Joining them will be a special, to-be-announced vocalist taking on the performance’s lone and sought-after rotating spot. The experience of The Just and the Blind is more than the sum of these already impressive parts, and we encourage everyone to join us for its Boston premiere.

“Raise a fist up for our youth, or throw your hands up, like an innocent alleluia, like a boy in Ferguson gone too soon… ”

Marc Bamuthi Joseph

“The spoken-word poet Marc Bamuthi Joseph and the violinist and composer Daniel Bernard Roumain have developed a viscerally eloquent partnership, infusing artistic expression with social activism…”


“[A] raw, cry from the soul… driven by Mr. Joseph’s stinging, brilliant words.”


Emerson Paramount Center Information

This performance is generously sponsored by
The Stephanie L. Brown Foundation.

Support provided by the Barr Foundation and its ArtsAmplified initiative.


This performance is made possible in part by support from Celebrity Series' LIVE PERFORMANCE! Arts for All Innovation Funds, with generous leadership support from Belinda Termeer.