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Reagon, Bernice Johnson 1942-

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Most widely held works by Bernice Johnson Reagon
Africans in America : America's journey through slavery by Steve Fayer( Visual )

15 editions published between 1998 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,546 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This program follows the history of American slavery from its birth to the Civil War. Considers the contradictions that lie at the heart of the founding of the American nation. The infant democracy pronounced all men to be created equal while enslaving one race to benefit another. Portrays the struggles of the African people in America, from their arrival in the 1600s to the last days of the Civil War
If you don't go, don't hinder me : the African American sacred song tradition by Bernice Johnson Reagon( )

14 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 1,415 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on both archival and field research, these four essays describe the role of sacred songs in the history of African American culture and in the biographical experiences of the author--an African American woman, a cultural activist, and a composer. Essays center on specific genres, including the twentieth century gospel, the African American Congregational song tradition, spirituals, and freedom songs
We'll understand it better by and by : pioneering African American gospel composers( Book )

8 editions published between 1992 and 1998 in English and held by 1,133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the congregations of small African American churches in Memphis, Philadelphia, and Chicago to the nationwide fans of the Golden Gate Quartet, Mahalia Jackson, Sam Cooke, Clara Ward, Edwin Hawkins, and others, gospel music has profoundly influenced American culture. Bringing together some of the most renowned scholars in the field, this book focuses on six pioneering gospel composers, analyzing the evolution of their music and showing its impact on African American worship traditions and contemporary music. The volume opens with an overview of gospel music in African American social history, including the migrations to and consolidation of various urban communities. Six following sections each focus on a pivotal figure in the history of gospel: Charles Albert Tindley, the first prominent gospel hymn composer; Lucie Eddie Campbell, who was influential in setting the standards for performance of religious music in the African American Baptist church; Thomas Andrew Dorsey, the "father of gospel music" and founder of the Chicago school of gospel; William Herbert Brewster, Sr., the composer who gave gospel music its first million-dollar sellers; Roberta Martin, who developed the piano style of gospel accompaniment and the choral sound of the 1930s and 1940s; and Kenneth Morris, gospel music's most influential publisher, choral arranger, and composer and an innovator who introduced the electric Hammond organ into the African American church. "We'll Understand It Better By and By" includes substantial musical analyses and 49 complete piano-vocal scores. Drawing on primary research that includes interviews with composers, their families and associates, and gospel performers, the book chronicles the development of composed gospel songs and performance traditions that evolved within the African American community during the first half of the twentieth century
Spirituals in concert by Kathleen Battle( Recording )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 600 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wade in the water : African American sacred music traditions( Recording )

7 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in English and held by 443 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This four-CD set of 19th- and 20th-century African American sacred music was initially released as a companion to the 1995 Peabody Award-winning radio series of the same name produced by National Public Radio and the Smithsonian Institution. With extensive notes by Bernice Johnson Reagon, who conceived and compiled the series, these recordings honor the sacred music which so much contemporary American music draws its inspiration
We who believe in freedom : Sweet Honey in the Rock-- still on the journey by Bernice Johnson Reagon( Book )

8 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 365 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The mosaic project by Terri Lyne Carrington( Recording )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 357 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Terri Lyne Carrington assembles an all-star roster of female vocalists for a diverse mix of voices and sounds on her fifth album
African American spirituals : the concert tradition( Recording )

11 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 348 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The songs are free( Visual )

9 editions published between 1991 and 2005 in English and held by 310 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the history of communal singing and the repertoire rooted in the Black church -- from songs of resistance, courage, and pride to songs of determination and faith -- and explores their roles from the Underground Railroad through the Civil Rights movement and into the 90's
Give your hands to struggle by Bernice Johnson Reagon( )

5 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

African American congregational singing : nineteenth-century roots( Recording )

8 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in 3 languages and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

African American gospel : the pioneering composers by Lou Bell Johnson( Recording )

9 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 268 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The performances on this recording celebrate the contributions of six of the composers who opened a way for great gospel song within American sacred music. Composers included: W. Herbert Brewster, Lucie Eddie Campbell, Thomas Andrew Dorsey, Roberta Martin, Kenneth Morris, Charles Albert Tindley
African American community gospel( Recording )

3 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in English and held by 247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

We'll never turn back : a photographic exhibit( Book )

2 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What now people by Bill Horowitz( )

3 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beah : a black woman speaks( Visual )

4 editions published between 2003 and 2010 in English and held by 168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beah Richards (1920-2000), actress-poet-activist, shares her wit and wisdom about her life as a black woman in America
Dancing( Visual )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 165 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This eight part series explores dance as of form of communication and expression in a variety of cultural contexts. Examples span the spectrum from staged ballet dancing to urban street dance to traditional myth and ritual. Filmed on location on 5 continents, this production took six years to make. Includes archival film footage
Folk songs : the South by Bernice Johnson Reagon( )

13 editions published between 1965 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Negro spirituals
Anne Braden : Southern Patriot( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anne Braden: southern patriot provides a moving, in-depth biography of an organizer and journalist who for a remarkable 60 years participated in the most significant movements for racial and economic justice in this country's most conservative region - the South. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. praised her steadfast activism in support of civil rights and civil liberties, but she was threatened, attacked, indicted and labeled a "Communist agitator" and "race traitor" by white supremacists. Her conservative background gave her special insight into white racism, why it poses such a great obstacle to social change in this country and what progressive white people can do to end it. Braden's work as a journalist in Alabama and Kentucky in the late 1940's along with her husband, Carl's, activities with unions and the small yet energetic left-wing community in the South, made her sensitive to the social inequalities all around her. In 1951, Braden joined a delegation of white women who traveled to Mississippi to prevent the execution of Willie McGee, a black man falsely accused of raping a white woman. Her experience in that case and others led her to write "A Letter to White Southern Women" a groundbreaking - and controversial - statement on the intersection of race and gender. (Available in full as a .pdf on the DVD and here). The 1954 landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision ignited a fierce backlash and mob hysteria among Southern segregationists. That same year, the Bradens purchased a house in a "white" neighborhood in suburban Louisville on behalf of an African American couple. Racists bombed the house and the Bradens along with other supporters were charged with being responsible and indicted for fomenting discord among the races! Carl Braden was convicted and sentenced to 15 years but, the Supreme Court nullified state sedition laws. The Bradens waged a successful campaign to have all the indictments thrown out. Undaunted, the Bradens joined the staff of the Southern Conference Educational Fund (SCEF). Anne edited their publication, The southern patriot, which became known as the most reliable, up-to-date source on the unfolding Civil Rights struggle. In the late 1960's, the Bradens and SCEF answered the call by some black activists to build progressive movements among poor and working class whites by supporting the Grow Project in Alabama and the Southern Mountain Project in Appalachia (for which the Bradens were again charged with sedition in 1967). Anne Braden persevered after Carl's death in 1975, fighting an anti-busing campaign and police brutality in Louisville, organizing against a resurgent KKK, leading Jesse Jackson's presidential campaign in Kentucky and challenging the notion of "reverse discrimination". She convincingly countered that whenever black people won gains, poor and working class whites benefitted as well. Cornel West, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Rev. C.T. Vivian, Angela Davis and biographer, Catherine Fosl discuss the far reaching implications of Anne Braden's life of activism for today. This film will enlighten students in American History, Women's Studies, and Social Movements courses as well as Diversity Training programs. Also available is the transcript of a dialogue between Civil Rights Movement veteran activist and strategist Jack O'Dell and the film's director Anne Lewis . O'Dell was a leading advisor to Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., an editor of the progressive magazine Freedomways, and a colleague of racial and economic justice activist Anne Braden. The conversation took place in Vancouver on May 7, 2013 at the DOXA Documentary Film Festival after the screening of Anne Braden: southern patriot and focused on the lessons of the Civil Rights Movement for today's social change activists. Winner of the 2013 Kentucky History Award for Documentary Film from the Kentucky Historical Society
"Fundi" : the story of Ella Baker( Visual )

5 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Highlights Ella Baker's work in the U.S. civil rights movement of 1960s. Since Ms. Baker's activism spanned over 50 years in the North and the South, the struggles of earlier decades are portrayed, giving a sense of the continuity of the fight for social change
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We'll understand it better by and by : pioneering African American gospel composers
If you don't go, don't hinder me : the African American sacred song traditionWe'll understand it better by and by : pioneering African American gospel composersWe who believe in freedom : Sweet Honey in the Rock-- still on the journey
Alternative Names
Bernice Johnson Reagan

Bernice Johnson Reagon

Bernice Johnson Reagon American singer

Bernice Johnson Reagon Amerikaans zangeres

Bernice Johnson Reagon cantante estadounidense

Bernice Johnson Reagon chanteuse américaine

Bernice Johnson Reagon US-amerikanische Sängerin

Johnson Reagon Bernice 1942-....



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