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Bernice Johnson Reagon to Perform at March on Washington Film Festival

July 2016

Spelman Alumna Bernice Reagon JohnsonBernice Johnson Reagon, Ph.D., C’70, cultural historian and founder of the legendary a cappella group Sweet Honey in the Rock, will be featured in opening night festivities of the March on Washington Film Festival on July 13.

The 11-day festival aims to increase awareness of civil rights events and heroes and to inspire renewed passion for activism through the arts. During “Songs of the Civil Rights Movement,” Dr. Reagon and other surviving members of the original Freedom Singers will perform and participate in a discussion about the music they created and the movement they inspired.

Founded in 1962 in Albany, Georgia – Dr. Reagon’s hometown – the Freedom Singers educated communities about civil rights work through song. They came to represent the soul of the movement, and their concerts became important fundraisers for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

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