In 1973, civil rights activist, musician, and scholar Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon founded the all female a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock on the legacy of the SNCC Freedom Singers (of which Johnson was an original member). Now, 45 years later, Sweet Honey in the Rock continues the fight for freedom with body and voice.
In the 2018/19 season, Sweet Honey in the Rock brings its musicianship and activism to Hyde Park and the University of Chicago as the Don Michael Randel Ensemble in Residence. In winter 2019, the group presents the only solo performance of its residency in the University of Chicago’s Mandel Hall. Celebrated for its vibrant, theatrical performances combining a cappella singing, interpretive sign language, and dance, Sweet Honey brings its signature renditions of American gospel songs, African folk hymns, and freedom songs of the Civil Rights Movement for an intimate evening with UChicago Presents.
Sweet Honey in the Rock performs on Friday, February 8 at 7:30 pm in Mandel Hall.
Selections to be announced from the stage.