Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream, but he did not dream alone. This program is an interactive multi-media presentation honoring the artists, poets, educators, inventors, explorers, scientists and other important contributors to the life and culture of America and the world, and who influenced and informed the work of Dr. King. Using stories and music, Reggie highlights how the contributions of Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Benjamin Banneker, Satchel Paige and others helped young Martin become a man who added to the fabric of our nation and who changed the world.
Reggie Harris, musician, storyteller and educator has been a vibrant force in musical, educational and historical circles for over 35 years. Steeped in the tradition of African American spirituals, folk, gospel, rock and the music of civil and human rights, Reggie’s writing, research, field work and recordings have amassed an amazing repertoire of African American music, blending spirituals and freedom songs and stories. Reggie has been affiliated with the Kennedy Center’s Partners in Education program for over two decades, offering both multimedia performances for students and communities as well as an in-depth workshop for educators. As a founding artist in the Kennedy Center’s “Changing Education Through the Arts” program, Reggie is a committed teacher and advocate for lifelong learning. “My work has been focused on using music, primary sources, and educational narrative with respect to best practices of respecting how students learn. My relationship with the John F. Kennedy Center and in partnership with educators across the nation has provided me with opportunities to develop, test, and re-frame both materials and practices that produce positive opportunities for learning.”