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*On this date in 1973, we celebrate Sweet Honey In The Rock. Founded by Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, they are a Grammy Award-winning Black female acapella ensemble.
Sweet Honey In The Rock has deep melodic roots in the sacred music of the Black Church, spirituals, hymns, gospel, jazz, and blues. The Sweet Honey experience is unique. Six Black women join their powerful voices with hand percussion instruments to blend lyrics, movement, and narrative that relate history, point the finger at injustice, encourage activism, and sing the praises of love. The music speaks out against oppression and exploitation of every kind.
The septet, whose words are simultaneously interpreted in uniquely expressive American Sign Language, demands a just and humane world for all. After over 30 years of leading and singing with the ensemble, Dr. Reagon retired from Sweet Honey in 2004. In the best and hardest times, Sweet Honey In The Rock has worked in song to communities across the U.S. and worldwide, raising hope, love, justice, peace, and resistance.
Sweet Honey invites her audiences to open their minds and hearts and think about who we are and what we do to one another and our fellow creatures.