Bernice Johnson Reagon, one of the founders of Sweet Honey in the Rock, discusses carrying on some of the musical traditions of quartet singing. She explains the traditional music's impact on present Rhythm and Blues and gospel music, her involvement in the Civil Rights movement, and the role of her education at Spellman College where she studied with Willis Lawrence James. Her current project is an NPR-Smithsonian collaboration that will focus on 19th century Africa-American sacred musical forms.
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