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ATLANTA (Sept. 19, 2011)

WHAT: As part of its fall worship service speaker series, Sisters Chapel at Spelman College will host Bernice Johnson Reagon, Ph.D., C'70, cultural historian and singer/composer/producer, as the featured guest speaker. Her topic will be “Song and Singing as ‘Stance’ in the Struggle Against Injustice and Evil.”

In support of this worship service, Reagon will be joined by Joyce Johnson, D.Mus., professor emeriti and Spelman College organist; the Spelman College Glee Club under the direction of Kevin Johnson, D.M.A.; and members of Sisters Chapel Arts Ministry.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit spelman.edu or call (404) 270-5729.

WHO: Presented by Sisters Chapel

The Rev. Lisa D. Rhodes, D. Min., dean of Sisters Chapel and director of the Spelman College WISDOM Center

WHEN: Sunday Worship Service, Sept. 25, 2011, 10 a.m.

WHERE: Sisters Chapel, 350 Spelman Lane, Atlanta 30314

WHY: Sisters Chapel supports the Spelman College mission as a global leader in the education of women of African descent by creating a religious and spiritual community that nurtures thinking women of faith to become ethical leaders who promote diversity and engagement in acts of social justice. Sisters Chapel worship services provide opportunities for students to think critically about ethics and moral responsibility, share creative and artistic expressions of Black religious life and culture and grow in their ability to be liturgical and ethical leaders.

African-American women were pivotal leaders and participants in the Civil Rights Movement. This service celebrates their courage, creativity and strength.

About Bernice Johnson Reagon
For more than a half a century Bernice Johnson Reagon has been a major cultural voice for freedom and justice. Born in Southwest Georgia, her activism began as a student leader during the Albany Civil Rights Movement. A powerful song leader, Reagon joined the original SNCC Freedom Singers formed in 1962 by Cordell Reagon, founded the Atlanta-based Harambee Singers in 1966, and while completing her doctoral studies in cultural history at Howard University, formed the internationally-renowned African-American women’s a cappella ensemble, Sweet Honey In The Rock. She led the group for 30 years until retirement in early 2004. As a cultural historian, Reagon has been highly recognized for her pioneering public history scholarship and production in the history and evolution of African-American culture and music traditions.


About Spelman College
Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a highly selective, liberal arts college widely recognized as the global leader in the education of women of African descent. Located in Atlanta, Ga., the college’s picturesque campus is home to 2,100 students. Outstanding alumnae include Children's Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman; Sam’s Club CEO Rosalind Brewer; JPMorgan Chase Foundation President Kimberly Davis; former acting Surgeon General and Spelman’s first alumna President Audrey Forbes Manley; Harvard College Dean Evelyn Hammonds; author Pearl Cleage; and actress LaTanya Richardson Jackson. For more information, visit www.spelman.edu.

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