Reagon To Lecture On Campus Oct. 23

Bernice Johnson Reagon - scholar, composer, singer and activist who was awarded a Boston College honorary degree last year - will return to campus on Oct. 23 to present two lectures.

Reagon will address the Introduction to Feminism Class in Gasson 305 at 4:30 p.m. Her topic will be "Sweet Honey in the Rock: Building a Tradition."

At 7 p.m., she will present "African-American Songs as Historical Dramas" to a general audience in Devlin 008. A reception will follow in the McMullen Museum of Art.

Both lectures are free and open to the public.

Reagon, American University distinguished professor of history, founded the a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock in 1973. She also has built a successful career as a solo recording artist, composer, historian and author specializing in African-American oral traditions, and is curator emeritus at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History.

Reagon was the conceptual producer and narrator of the Peabody Award-winning radio series, "Wade in the Water: African-American Sacred Music Traditions."

She was a member of the original Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee Freedom Singers and was was featured in the 1992 Emmy-nominated television program "The Songs Are Free: Bernice Johnson Reagon with Bill Moyers."

-Michael Seele

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