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White House Concert Features Folk Music from Civil Rights Movement

Article written by on Wednesday, Feb 10, 2010 in Concerts,On The Web

The White House hosted two special events Tuesday in honor of Black History Month: a high school workshop in the afternoon and a concert Tuesday evening. Both featured performances by noted folklorist and musician Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon. Concert artists included, among others, Yolanda Adams, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Smokey Robinson, Joan Baez and Bob Dylan. An article in The Root has a thoughtful analysis of Dylan’s role in the civil rights movement.

PBS will broadcast the concert at 8:00 p.m. EST Wednesday, February 11. Beginning Thursday, February 12, the performance will be available online.

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Bernice Johnson Reagon Honored by Berklee College of Music

Article written by on Sunday, Apr 05, 2009 in Awards,People

Assuming all went as scheduled, Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts presented Bernice Johnson Reagon with an honorary doctorate of music last Friday at their annual Liberal Arts Symposium. Reagon founded the a cappella group Sweet Honey in the Rock and is curator emeritus of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History. She already holds a doctorate in U.S.A. History with a concentration in African American History, Cultural and Oral History Methodologies, earned at Howard University near the beginning of her long career as a folklorist, singer and composer.

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