Bernice Johnson Reagon (USA)

  • Professor Emeritus of History at American University/ Curator Emeritus at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History/ served as the Cosby Chair of Fine Arts at Spelman College (Atlanta, GA) 2002-2004
  • Served as principal scholar, conceptual producer, host for Peabody Award-winning “Wade in the Water”, and as music consultant, composer, and performer for several film and video projects
  • her pioneering work as a scholar, teacher, and artist have been recognized with the Heinz Award for the Arts and Humanities (2003), the Leeway National Award for Women in the Arts (2000), the Presidential Medal for contribution to public understanding of the Humanities (1995), and the MacArthur Fellowship (1989)
  • 1960s civil rights movement student leader and member of SNCCFreedom Singers, founder and artistic director of a capella ensemble, Sweet Honey In The Rock 1973-2003