For more than a half century Bernice Johnson Reagon has been a major cultural voice for freedom and justice; singing, teaching- speaking out against racism and organized inequities of all kinds. A child of Southwest Georgia, an African American women's voice, born in the struggle against racism in America during the Civil Rights Movement of the 50's and 60's. Reagon's life and work supports the concept of community based culture with an enlarged capacity for mutual respect: for self, for those who move among us who seem to be different than us, respect and care for our home, the environment-including the planet that sustains life as we know it. www.bernicejohnsonreagon.com