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BERNICE JOHNSON-REAGON

A multiple award-winning musician and scholar, Dr. Bernice Johnson-Reagon is founder of the pioneering African-American traditional vocal group Sweet Honey in the Rock (1973), as well as Distinguished Professor of History at the American University and Curator Emeritus at the Smithsonian Institution. Specializing in African American oral and performance traditions, Johnson-Reagon has conceived and consulted on numerous landmark media projects including the Smithsonian Peabody award-winning National Public Radio series, "Wade in the Water: African American Sacred Music Traditions."

Her numerous publications include We'll Understand It Better By and By: African American Pioneering Gospel Composers (Smithsonian Press, 1992) and We Who Believe in Freedom: Sweet Honey in the Rock...Still on the Journey (Anchor Books, 1993), a book chronicling the history of Sweet Honey In The Rock.

Still performing, the Grammy award-winning Sweet Honey In The Rock has released more than a dozen albums to date.

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