In the month leading up to MLK Day, our blog will be exploring diverse expressions of art created by people of color. The blog will highlight artists, collaborators, performers, poets, filmmakers, and everything in between. We will be exploring creative outlets that express the various ways racial injustice exists today.
Meet: Toshi Reagon
Toshi Reagon has music in her DNA. Her father Cordell Reagon co-founded The Freedom Singers, a 1960s group that educated about Civil Rights through song. Her mother, Bernice Johnson Reagon, was also a founding member of the group, and went on to launch the Grammy award-winning, all-women, all African-American ensemble, Sweet Honey in the Rock.
Reagon first started performing at the age of 17 and, early on in her career, opened for Lenny Kravitz. She has been a constant force of powerful, progressive music ever since. Her band BIGLovely plays all over the world, and Reagon has collaborated with countless artists including tap dancer, Michelle Dorrance, for whom she composed music for The Blues Project. She is also a The Art of Change Fellow – a Ford Foundation fellowship for artists exploring the intersection of art and justice. The video above features Reagon performing with The BIGLovely and her mother. Find out more about Toshi at her website.