UTSA presents Jan. 22 lecture-performance by singer-activist Bernice Johnson Reagon

Bernice Johnson Reagon

Bernice Johnson Reagon

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(Jan. 18, 2011)--In celebration of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, the UTSA Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs will present singer, composer, scholar, teacher and social activist Bernice Johnson Reagon, who will speak on "The Song Culture of the Civil Rights Movement" at 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 22 in the University Center Ballroom (1.104) on the Main Campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Reagon will present an evening of education and entertainment for the UTSA community and friends. The performer, activist and songwriter has for more than 40 years been singing, preaching and teaching traditional African-American music and its cultural history.

Born in 1942 in southwest Georgia, she offers an African-American woman's voice with insights on the struggle against racism in America during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Reagon's life and work supports the concept of community-based culture with an enlarged capacity for respect for self, for those who seem to be different than us, for our homes and for the environment including the planet that sustains life as we know it.

The event is sponsored by the UTSA Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Campus Activities Board, Campus Recreation, University Center, Student Activities, Division of Student Affairs and the Inclusion and Community Engagement Center.

For more information, contact Francisco Lugo at 210-458-4728.