Sisters Chapel Celebrates African-American Women of the Civil Rights Movement

As part of its fall worship service speaker series, Sisters Chapel at Spelman College

will host Bernice Johnson Reagon, cultural historian and singer/composer/producer,

as the featured guest speaker. Her topic will be “Song and Singing as ‘Stance’ in the

Struggle Against Injustice and Evil.”

The service will be Sunday, Sept. 25, at 10 a.m. in Sisters Chapel, 350 Spelman Lane,

Atlanta. It is free and open to the public. In support of this worship service, Reagon

will be joined by Joyce Johnson, professor emeriti and Spelman College organist; the

Spelman College Glee Club under the direction of Kevin Johnson; and members of

Sisters Chapel Arts Ministry.

For more than half a century Bernice Johnson Reagon has been a major cultural voice

for freedom and justice. Born in southwest Georgia, her activism began as a student

leader during the Albany Civil Rights Movement. A powerful songleader, Reagon joined

the original SNCC Freedom Singers formed in 1962 by Cordell Reagon, founded the

Atlanta-based Harambee Singers in 1966, and while completing her doctoral studies in

cultural history at Howard University, formed the internationally-renowned African-

American women’s a cappella ensemble, Sweet Honey In The Rock.

She led the group for 30 years until retirement in early 2004. As a cultural historian,

Reagon has been highly recognized for her pioneering public history scholarship and

production in the history and evolution of African-American culture and music traditions.

Sisters Chapel worship services provide opportunities for students to think critically

about ethics and moral responsibility, share creative and artistic expressions of Black

religious life and culture and grow in their ability to be liturgical and ethical leaders. The

Rev. Lisa D. Rhodes is dean of the Sisters Chapel and director of the Spelman College

WISDOM Center.

For more information, visit or call 404-270-5729 or 404-681-3643.

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