Music and the Underground Railroad

Music and the Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad is one of the most important chapters in American History. This engaging, interactive concert of songs, stories and narratives about slavery and the quest for freedom reveals the hope, power and eventually, the triumph that was accomplished and shared by a network of multicultural allies. Through song, story, audience involvement and a multi-media presentation, Music & the Underground Railroad provides an understanding of the secrets and passion of this powerful era.

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Artist Background

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 with 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 teachers. 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 at all levels 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 reframe both materials and practices that produce positive opportunities for learning.

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