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Office of the Provost
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Dartmouth College
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Bernice Reagon

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Photo by:  Sharon Farmer

March - June 2013

Bernice Johnson Reagon, scholar, singer/song leader, activist for over half a century has been a profound contributor to African American and American culture. Born is Southwest Georgia, her singing style and traditional repertoire is grounded in her experiences in church, school, and political activism. As a composer, she has created a narrative of her social and political activism through her songs and larger compositions. She performed as a member of the SNCC Freedom Singers during the sixties, she founded an all women acapella ensemble, The Harambee Singers during the Black Cultural Movement, She founded and led the internationally acclaimed Sweet Honey In The Rock for thirty years until retirement. Paralleling her work in music, Reagon is one of the leading authorities in African American Cultural History. Her strongest musical collaborator is her daughter, Toshi Reagon.

 

Last Updated: 5/31/13