Dr. Lawrence “Larry” Watson
Lawrence “Larry” Watson is a musician, educator, and activist. Born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in the Baptist Church, he has nurtured a spirit for justice and equality his entire life.
After graduating from the State University of Oswego and Cornell University, Watson would go on to teach at Harvard University and later Berklee School of Music. As a dedicated educator, Watson taught not just about performance, but about the long histories behind all of the music they would learn, deepening the learning experience for his students. He coined the term “Highly Emotional Music” (HEM) to describe that very phenomenon. In addition to his teaching and writing, he is also an accomplished performer, having sung alongside the greats like Al Green and Smokey Robinson, and has traveled across the globe to perform for many music and justice-oriented people like himself, including President Barack Obama, President Nelson Mandela, and the Honorable Reverend Desmond Tutu. Watson is currently focused on writing his next book, Black Amnesia.