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Bernice Johnson Reagon

Though perhaps most widely known as the founder and guiding force of the Washington, D.C.-based women's group Sweet Honey in the Rock, Bernice Johnson Reagon is also a noted political activist, a Distinguished Professor at Washington's American University and a curator emeritus at the Smithsonian Institution. She also occasionally records solo albums. During the '60s she was a founder of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee Freedom Singers. Before founding Sweet Honey in the Rock in 1973, she was the vocal director of the D.C. Black Repertory Theater. Early musical inspirations for Reagon include the gospel music she heard while attending the Black American Baptist Church; the harmonies that surrounded her became the basis for those of her famous group. To Reagon, music is a means for affecting change in society, instilling a sense of heritage and cultural pride, and creating solidarity in the face of adversity, uniting people while simultaneously celebrating their differences. In addition to performing with Sweet Honey in the Rock, writing songs, teaching, and working as curator, she also writes books and makes videos. ~ Sandra Brennan
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Track List: Bernice Reagon; Folk Songs: The South

1. Cotton Need A Pickin'

2. Hallelu

3. Go Tell Aunt Rhodie

4. Come An' Go With Me To That Land

5. Ol' Po' Sinner

6. Sun Will Never Go Down

7. Amazing Grace

8. Aint It A Shame

9. Drinking Of The Wine

10. The Gray Goose

11. Come By Hyar

12. Been In The Storm

13. Cane On The Brazos

14. Soon My Work

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Track List: Give Your Hands to Struggle

1. We've Come a Long Way to Be Together

2. There's a New World Coming

3. Room in the Circle

4. Old Ship of Zion

5. Why Did They Take Us Away?

6. In My Hands

7. Joan Little

8. They are Falling All Around Me

9. Freedom in the Air

10. I Won't Crumble with You If You Fall

11. Had, Took, Misled

12. Give Your Hands to Struggle

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Good brief bio. Thank goodness we have Google now!
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I likeher. She seems like a really neat person. Is she still alive?
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And a MacArthur Genius.
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Love her determinatio n to make a difference!
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my hero
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she is an AMAZING woman, activist,sin g e r , organizer, educator and mother....
she started out as a freedom singer, and later went on to found Sweet Honey In the Rock, an acapella women's group that is still singing today. she writes and composes and is just generally a bad a** lady. a real hero.
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I never heard of her before. Who is she?
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I enjoyed this artist very much. I will keep her on my playlist.
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I do not enjoy this artist please remove her from my play list.

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