Bernice Reagon

Singer, Songwriter, and Activist

Bernice Reagon is an American scholar, singer/songwriter, and activist that, 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 Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) Freedom Singers during the sixties and founded an all women a capella ensemble called The Harambee Singers during the Black Cultural Movement. Reagon also founded and led the internationally acclaimed and Grammy Award-winning singing group Sweet Honey In The Rock for thirty years until her retirement in 2004.

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