A famously handsome former star of “L.A. Law” and future co-star of Julia Roberts was the emcee at the 17th annual Cultural Rhythms festival. Actor, director, and producer Blair Underwood accepted the honor of 2002 Artist of the Year by the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations, which is headed by S. Allen Counter. In a packed Sanders Theatre, President Lawrence H. Summers and Harvard College Dean Harry R. Lewis presented Underwood with a plaque in his honor.The debonair Blair then took charge of a dazzling celebration of performing arts from around the world.
The event featured student groups performing dances and songs from a wide and stunning variety of traditions. The groups included the Kuumba Singers, Phillipine Forum, the Asian-American Dance Troupe, and Fuerza Latina.