Bernice Johnson Reagon & Toshi Reagon

Bernice Johnson Reagon and daughter Toshi Reagon have worked on civil rights music projects including the scores for the films Africans In America  and BEAH: A Black Woman Speaks.

  • Together, the Reagons collaborate to continue one of our richest legacies of struggle and song
  • Toshi Reagon is a singer/songwriter/producer and activist living in Brooklyn, New York.  She has traveled nationally and internationally celebrating the release of her collection of music “Have You Heard” on Righteous Babe Records. She tours as a solo performer and with her band, BIGLovely.
  • For more than 40 years, 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. An African American woman’s voice, a child of Southwest Georgia, a voice raised in song, born in the struggle against racism in America during the Civil Rights Movement of the 50s and 60s, 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.

…Some of the songs sounded ready to accompany new struggles. Ms. Reagon led the Freedom Singers as a trio, wearing African-tinged choir robes and backed by her daughter Toshi on guitar. The Freedom Singers, who sang for rallies alongside Dr. King, are elderly now, but they tore into “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me ’Round” with fierce, jubilant call-and-response.."

- The New York Times