Reggie Harris – Annual Gathering – March 11, 2023


Reggie Harris is a singer- songwriter, storyteller and world-renowned song-leader who is a powerful interpreter of the global music narrative. A passionate, engaging inspirational entertainer and concert artist Reggie is known for focusing new energy on the important role of music in the discourse for inclusion and the struggle for human rights using the lessons of history as a base. As an expert on the music of the Underground Railroad and the Modern Civil Rights Movement he is at home on stage as performer, lecturer, or leading discussion in seminars or in the classroom.

Mentored by luminaries Pete Seeger and Bernice Johnson Reagon and other elders of the community, Reggie represents all that is best in social and cultural musical and narrative engagement. His powerful work on the music of Underground Railroad and of the role of music in the Modern Civil Rights movement has raise public awareness within education and historical circles.  He has presented for thousands of all ages in audiences at colleges, schools and in public festivals, symposiums and concerts throughout the U.S. Canada and Europe.

A 2021 winner of both the Spirit of Folk Award from Folk Alliance International and the W.E.B. Du Bois Legacy Award, Reggie is a charismatic community builder Reggie who was featured in 2020 on CNN’s Silence is Not An Option with Don Lemon and in the New York Times to discuss his familial connection as the descendant of slavery as a great-great-great grandson of confederate General Williams Carter Wickham and his slave Bibhanna Hewlett with his White cousins.

A teaching artist in the Kennedy Center’s CETA program (Changing Education Through the Arts) and a fellow for the prestigious Council of Independent College lecture program he also serves as Co-President and Director of Music Education for the Living Legacy Project, an advocacy group that sponsors Civil Rights pilgrimages throughout the South and online education seminars worldwide. http://www.uulivinglegacy.org

His 2018 CD “Ready To Go” ranked as the #5 CD of the year on the Folk DJ Charts and was in the top 30 on the US Folk DJ charts for 5 months of 2018. The title cut was the #1 song for May 2018. In 2019 Reggie and Greg Greenway released the CD “Deeper Than the Skin” in response to their challenging and insightful presentation of the same name. Reggie is currently a rotating DJ featured on Prisms: The Sound Of Color on The Village on SiriusXM Radio

His April 2021 release “On Solid Ground” is a CD of 13 songs compiled in response to the challenges and changes in American civic circles stirred by the COVID pandemic and years of racial and political unrest that erupted post the murder of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and thousands of others. Reggie’s leadership in racial and interfaith dialogue continues to open opportunities for dialogue and courageous conversation.

A featured artist in the “Americans Who Tell the Truth” Portrait Series by Maine artist Rob Shetterly https://www.americanswhotellthetruth.org/portraits/reggie-harris

Reggie is also a recipient of a 2018 Magic Penny Award from the Children’s Music Network for lifetime achievement in music.

His many recordings and collaborative CDs can be found at: www.Reggieharrismusic.com They contribute to the national dialogue on history, wellness and to the opening of dialogue and courageous conversations.