Roots and Reason: A Celebration of American Roots MusicRoots and Reason Concert / Carter Lecture: Bernice Johnson Reagon / Toshi Reagon
Bernice Johnson Reagon is a singer, composer, scholar, and social activist who founded the a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock in 1973. Toshi Reagon, her daughter, is also a singer and songwriter. They perform as part of the Roots and Reason concert series and the Warrick L. Carter Lecture series. Learn more about the event and the Roots and Reason series.
This year's Africana Studies music programming celebrates the richness of America’s roots music traditions. The roots music artist is the chronicler of the ongoing story of America, told through song. Roots music is the intermingling of cross-cultural influences. Johnny Cash once said, "Every successful country singer I know has a humble background. . . and the colored blues has been a part of their musical heritage. Every one of them bar none. Elvis will tell you himself that where he got his style is from colored blues singers." From this fusion and sharing of American cultures came spirituals, blues, gospel, folk, country, and bluegrass—the roots of all American popular music.