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Bernice Johnson Reagon in conversation

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Uploaded on Feb 16, 2010

To purchase music and learn more about Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, please visit: http://www.folkways.si.edu/explore_fo...

Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon is a singer, activist, historian and a profound contributor to African American culture who organized multi-racial performances in the segregated American South in the 1960s.

Bernice was born in Albany, Georgia, in 1942. She recorded her first solo album, Folk Songs: The South, with Folkways Records in 1965. As she writes, "My history was wrapped carefully for me by my fore-parents in the songs of the church, the work fields, and the blues. Ever since this discovery I've been trying to find myself, using the first music I've ever known as a basic foundation for my search for truth."

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