Artists Celebrating Music from African-American History at Saint Leo U 2/28

The University Speaker Series at Saint Leo University welcomes the public to a dynamic presentation blending music and civil rights history, “From the Railroad to the “Crossroad-The Underground Railroad to the Civil Rights Movement,” at 7 p.m., Tuesday, February 28, in Selby Auditorium, Lewis Hall.  Lewis is the first building on the right, immediately visible upon entering the campus at 33701 State Road 52, St. Leo, 33574.

Admission and parking are free. Parking is available in surface lots and the campus garage.

The presentation is the culminating event of Black History Month at the university. The performance features two distinguished artists, the married couple Reggie and Kim Harris. Reggie Harris is a singer, songwriter and storyteller who is steeped in the tradition of African-American spirituals, folk, gospel, and the music of civil and human rights. He serves as the musical education director of the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Living Legacy Project, which curates lessons from the modern civil rights movement and current human rights struggles. Kim Harris is a composer, recording artist, and music teacher who performs works from the Underground Railroad and civil rights movement. She earned a doctorate from Union Theological Seminary in New York City in worship and the arts and is a liturgical consultant for the Archdiocese of New York Office of Black Ministry.

Saint Leo University’s School of Arts and Sciences arranged for the Harrises to visit Saint Leo through the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program, a special initiative of the Council of Independent Colleges. Member colleges are able to select artists and prominent professionals to visit campuses each year. At Saint Leo, the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows are asked to deliver a talk as part of the University Speaker Series, in addition to visiting various classes and student groups.

The Harrises, with their backgrounds in music and history, and their work with faith-related organizations, were an ideal match for the School of Arts and Sciences’ Black History Month programming. See this page and enter their names in the search box for more on their accomplishments: https://www.cic.edu/member-services/woodrow-wilson-visiting-fellows/.

A video of a 2014 performance of Swing Low, Sweet Chariot is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxZUgFs58IY.

For more information or special seating requests, please contact Megan Orendorf, administrator of special events for the Saint Leo University School of Arts and Sciences. She can be reached at(352) 588-8401 or by email [email protected]