Grammy-nominated musician and activist Maimouna Youssef, also known as Mumu Fresh, is coming to Tacoma this week. Youssef will keynote the University of Puget Sound’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Jan. 24.
Youssef has performed with artists like The Roots, Erykah Badu, Common, Ed Sheeran, and Nas. In 2017, she released her most recent album entitled “Vintage Babies,” and in 2018, she performed for NPR’s Tiny Desk series. In an effort to highlight significant social justice issues, she has also given performances at prisons around the country and worked with organizations such as the Congressional Black Caucus and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
“My hope for this celebration is to bring the greater campus and Tacoma communities together to honor the progress and efforts of the past and to acknowledge that there is ongoing work to be done regarding civil rights: within ourselves, on our campus, in our community and country,” said Vivie Nguyen, director of the University of Puget Sound’s Office of Intercultural Engagement.
“Maimouna’s voice, being, background, and delivery all encompass the very things we seek this celebration to be,” Nguyen added. “She is extremely multifaceted and talented, accessible, and powerful, speaking to a wide breadth of generations.”
The celebration will take place from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Wheelock Student Center this Thursday. It is free and open to the public.