Quotes by Bernice Johnson Reagon

Bernice Johnson Reagon

American composer, scholar, and social activist

Alive from: 1942-

Category: Music | Politics | Science

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    And I used to think that proof that I had religion was whether I knew how to sing all of the songs.
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    At the same time all this was happening, there was a folk song revival movement goingon, so the commercial music industry was actually changed by the Civil Rights Movement.
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    But I'm a historian. I wasn't interested in just being a producer, I was interested in doing research and presenting that research to a general public.
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    If every moment is sacred, and If you are amazed and in awe most of the time when you find yourself breathing and not crazy, then you are in a state of constant thankfulness, worship and humility.
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    If I had been at a University I don't think I would have been able to have the experience I had in my Smithsonian work. I don't think I have been as successful.
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    In fact when Sweet Honey was ten years old it was too big for me to run, and I knew it, but I ran it for another thirteen years because I couldn't convince other people to really do it. And this year, I'm not running it.
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    It makes sense that whatever the topic is, it's more compelling if you can provide the audience with a range of perspectives, and you can cross disciplines. And you don't have to control what people take out of it.
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    Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to help you discover who you are.
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    Most people come out of their Ph.D. experience trying to prove themselves, trying to get ahead, trying to get published. You're scared everybody else is going to do your research and get your topic.
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    One of the biggest things I understood in a program like that was that it allowed more young African American scholars to do field research in the Caribbean and in Africa than had ever happened before in the history of the country and since.
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    Personally I discovered that you could go through the academy as a young scholar, come out, and almost immediately have an impact on the academic environment.
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    So one of the things that happened with integration in the South is they found that the black teachers were much more educated than the white teachers.
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    The first job I had with the Smithsonian was as a field researcher among African American communities in Southwest Louisiana and Arkansas for the festival.
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    The Smithsonian Festival of American Folklife, actually, was an effort to put something on the mall in Washington so American tourists could walk through America, and in their minds everything on the mall would be American.
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    The voice I have now, I got the first time I sang in a movement meeting, after I got out of jail... and I'd never heard it before in my life.
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