Sweet Honey in the Rock – Founder

Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon

Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon

Bernice Johnson Reagon was founder of the group Sweet Honey in the Rock. She was born and raised in southwest Georgia. Music has always been an integral part of her life being the daughter of a Baptist minister. She studied music at Albany State University and concluded education with a Ph.D. from Howard University. During this time Bernice also participated in civil rights activism and became an active member of her local NAACP and SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee).

In 1973 Bernice organized an African American a cappella ensemble of women in Washington, DC. She led the group for 30 years and retired in 2004. The group has built a national and international following of their music. Sweet Honey in the Rock is known for their unapologetic stance for justice and equality.

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