Tammy Reese: Describe your Black Excellence in 3 words?
Sean McLeod: Seeing other people
Tammy Reese: Why is Black History Month important to you?
Sean McLeod: Every month is important to me, and every day is important to me, and every minute of every day is important to me. But, our American society has decided that in this month, this month of February, this “Black History Month” if you will, they’ll actually pay more reticent attention to Black people.
Allow us, if only for a moment, to be paid near our value, to be treated as though our words make a difference. And while that may be true, every minute, of every day, of every month, in my life, it is proven that it is beneficial to be seen in this month, where they have decided to see us.
Tammy Reese: As a Black Creative & Entertainer what creative endeavors are you planning during Black History Month?
Sean McLeod: Humbly, we are celebrating the 30th Year of the New York Institute of Dance & Education, as well as the continued celebration of the 30th year of the Kaleidoscope Dance Theatre.
So, in Black History Month, we plan to have a couple of virtual events, where some very insightful panel discussions about access, equity, and the color of opportunity are discussed.
As well as a few virtual performance concerts from our archives and a special conversation continuing the series “In the Footsteps of Martin”.
We also will be formally celebrating the release of the new album, “Freedom” (Sean McLeod’s “A Soundtrack for Harriet Tubman”)… (See full interview here)