Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Couple Uses Storytelling and Interactive Music to Bring Historical Figures to Life


Consummate musicians and storytellers Kim and Reggie Harris are a mini festival of diversity. Combining traditional African-American spirituals and freedom songs with original folk, they sing of life, love, the quest for freedom, and care for the environment. In celebration of its Annual Author Visit, and as part of Birmingham’s 50th Commemoration of the civil rights movement, the Birmingham Public Library presents Kim and Reggie Harris and their presentation Dream Alive: A Celebration of African American History. The performers will make thirteen appearances at public library locations throughout Birmingham from September 9-13. All performances are free and open to the public.

ABOUT THE PERFORMERS
Kim and Reggie Harris have been affiliated with the John F. Kennedy Center’s Partners in Education program for over two decades, offering multimedia performances for students and community, and in-depth workshops for educators at all grade levels. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a city rich in cultural and musical heritage, Kim and Reggie’s early exposure to the diversity of musical styles and genres was nurtured in the schools and churches of their youth, from gospel and classical, to jazz and pop. Over the years, they have interacted with performers such as Pete Seeger, Ysaye Barnwell, Bernice Johnson Reagon and Harry Belafonte. The experiences have led them to produce music that entertains and inspires.

September 9
Central Library - 10:30 a.m.
Ensley Branch- 3:30 p.m.
Five Points West Branch - 6:30 p.m.

September 10
Wylam Branch - 9:00 a.m.
West End Branch - 3:30 p.m.
Avondale Branch - 6:30 p.m.

September 11
Springville Road Branch - 10:00 a.m.
North Avondale Branch - 1:30 p.m.
East Ensley Branch - 4:00 p.m.

September 12
Powderly Branch - 10:00 a.m.
North Birmingham Branch - 4:00 p.m.

September 13
Smithfield Branch - 10:00 a.m.
Woodlawn Branch - 4:00 p.m.

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