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The HistoryMakers Video Oral History With Bernice Johnson Reagon

Stearns, Scott; HistoryMakers (Video Oral History Collection)
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
Professor and music composer Bernice Johnson Reagon was born on October 4, 1942 in Albany, Georgia. In 1961, while attending Albany State College, Reagon was arrested during a civil rights demonstration. She joined the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) Freedom Singers after being suspended from the university. Reagon later graduated from Spelman College with her B.A. degree in history and earned her Ph.D. degree in U.S. history from Howard University. In 1973, she founded Sweet Honey in the Rock, a renowned African American a cappella quintet, composing and producing much of the group's repertoire. She has also composed music for several film projects, including the Emmy-winning We Shall Overcome. From 1974, she worked as a folklorist and curator for the Smithsonian Institution and beginning in 1993, was a distinguished professor of history at American University. Reagon's scholarly work focused on African American music and the songs of the civil rights movement.
Performers
Larry Crowe, interviewer.
Release Date
2016
Run Time
225 min.
Language
English
Variant Title
History Makers video oral history with Bernice Johnson Reagon
Bernice Johnson Reagon
Credits
Videographer, Scott Stearns.
Published
Chicago, Illinois : The HistoryMakers, [2016]
Recording Info
Recorded Washington, District of Columbia 2003 September 22.
Recorded Washington, District of Columbia 2003 November 21.
Description
1 online resource (8 video files (3 hr., 44 min., 48 sec.)) : sound, color
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