Race and Song: A Musical Conversation
RACE AND SONG is an exploration of history and current events through the lens of race –– and using the powerful tool of music. Veteran musicians and storytelling troubadours, Reggie Harris and Alastair Moock, rely on their years’ old friendship to discuss complicated issues of race, class, gender and history with intentionality and generosity of spirit. Together in musical conversation, they open up to each other and frame their lived experiences through music (which always helps the medicine go down!) and the use of historical and family photos.
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“We brought ‘Race and Song’ to our entire school community, and it was a fantastic success. With access to the video ahead of time, each grade was able to view the performance in a developmentally appropriate way, and teachers crafted some deep, thorough lessons and conversations around the content. Reggie and Alastair then attended two virtual Q&As, one with PreK-4th grade and the other with 5th-8th grade, where students came prepared to ask questions and dive into thoughtful dialogue with our guests. Reggie and Alastair were incredibly kind, open and generous with their time, and their beautiful video provided a jumping off point for really important, deep and timely conversations. All of our students, from our youngest learners to our oldest, were fully engaged and eager to continue the conversation even after the Q&A was over. We can’t thank Reggie and Alastair enough for this incredible program.”
-Mica Moellering, Head of Performing Arts, Charles River School (Dover, MA)
“Skin color and issues surrounding race should be discussed in school. But it is difficult to do, and there is much fear and concern over getting the words right. If you are a teacher, administrator or a school staff member who is searching for ways to get this conversation started in a productive way, I highly recommend ‘Race and Song.’ Every topic discussed is met with compassion, historical background, love, and a genuine interest in understanding one another’s life stories. This program will leave everyone thinking and talking about race in a productive way, and reflecting on how we are all part of this discussion.”
-Evan Jacobson, Music Teacher, Hatch Elementary School (Oak Park, IL)
About the Performers
Reggie Harris has traveled the world for over 40 years as a songwriter, storyteller and lecturer using music and the spoken word to make an impact in education, social and racial justice, the environment, faith and in human and civil rights. He is a teaching artist in the John F Kennedy Center’s CETA program, a Woodrow Wilson Scholar and the Director of Music Education for the UU Living Legacy Project, leading civil rights pilgrimages throughout the South. Learn more at reggieharrismusic.com.
Alastair Moock began performing professionally 15 years after Reggie. He made a name for himself on the folk and Americana circuit before turning his attention to family and educational music after the birth of his twins in 2006. He has since garnered a 2013 Grammy nomination and three Parents’ Choice Gold Medals for his children’s albums, and has become a regular performer of assemblies and residencies for students on subjects ranging from social justice to language arts. Learn more about his latest project, “Be a Pain” here.