February 1st, 2004


The end of an era

I just got back from a Sweet Honey in the Rock concert.

That was the last Bernice Johnson-Reagon Sweet Honey concert. Ever. Anywhere. She's leaving the group. I didn't know this until the day of the concert, and I think it's a good thing I didn't; her saying goodbye still made me tear up.

I've been to Sweet Honey concerts since I was old enough to remember -- the group is slightly older than I am -- and I think the group will persist without her. Ysaye Maria Barnwell has a force of personality as strong as Bernice Johnson Reagon, and they will survive. But it's truly a changing of the guard for this "unifying, communal force against oppression".

I have been lucky to witness such an inspiration -- artistically and politically. If they come to your town, don't miss 'em.
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