Sweet Honey in the Rock
January 26, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009, 7:00 p.m.
Johnson Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center
Sweet Honey in the Rock is a Grammy Award winning all-female a cappella vocal ensemble committed to creating music out of the rich textures of the African American legacy and tradition. Sweet Honey was formed by Bernice Johnson Reagon in 1973 at the D.C. Black Repertory Theater Company. Reagon’s music displays flavors of blues, spirituals, gospel, reggae, African chants, hip hop, ancient lullabies, and jazz improvisation. The group’s repertoire speaks from the music of the black church, the calls of the civil rights movement, and songs of the struggle for justice everywhere. The name, Sweet Honey in the Rock, comes from Psalm 81:16, which describes the promise to a people to be fed by the honey from a rock. The group, which is comprised of five singers and one sign-language interpreter, tours the world singing songs of hope, love, justice, peace, and resistance. This concert is being Sign interpreted.
This concert is part of the University's annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration titled One in 100: Dismantling a Prison Nation, which runs from January 22 through February 5, 2009. The celebration highlights King’s struggle to create a beloved community where social, political, and economic justice are more the norm than the exception. This year’s theme centers on the conclusion of a 2008 PEW survey that revealed the sobering results of the steady growth of America’s prison industrial complex, a system that has more than one in every 100 adults confined behind bars. UC Berkeley professor and internationally known civil right activist, Angela Davis, will deliver the keynote address.
Learn more at www.unh.edu/diversity/mlk_celebration2009.html