In 1915, a pair of Oberlin College graduates opened a settlement house in an area of Cleveland called "The Roaring Third," which, in 1941, was renamed Karamu House. During the pandemic, Karamu House pivoted to present virtual productions. One of the most notable was Freedom on Juneteenth, an original theatrical production and artistic response to the recent murders of Black Americans through music, dance and spoken word. Within the first 24 hours, more than over 50,000 people watched the production. Karamu House President and CEO Tony F. Sias discusses Karamu House's next chapter-including plans for a new outdoor stage-and its ongoing commitment to bringing to light the critical issues that plague Black America.
Tony F. Sias
President and CEO, Karamu House, Inc.