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Scholar, singer, activist to speak on social movements March 19

A nationally and internationally known scholar, composer, singer and social activist will speak about the importance of social movements during a visit this week at Austin Peay State University.

Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon will present Singing for a Purpose: Voices of the Civil Rights Movement at 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 19 in the Music/Mass Communication Building Concert Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
A nationally and internationally known scholar, composer, singer and social activist will speak about the importance of social movements during a visit this week at Austin Peay State University.

Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon will present “Singing for a Purpose: Voices of the Civil Rights Movement” at 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 19 in the Music/Mass Communication Building Concert Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

The founder of the Grammy Award-winning group, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Reagon is a leading scholar of gospel and spiritual music. She has been the 2002-04 Cosby Chair Professor of Fine Arts at Spelman College in Atlanta.

Also, Reagon is professor emeritus of history at American University and curator emeritus at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. In 2003, she received the Heinz Award for the Arts and Humanities, given by the Heinz Family Foundation.

Reagon's talk is sponsored by the following APSU departments and organizations: Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center, Felix G. Woodward Library, Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts and the Alumni Association.

For more information, contact the African American Cultural Center, (931) 221-7120. -- Melony A. Jones