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LE Residency Week

MONDAY, 4.5.21—FRIDAY, 4.9.21

Due to COVID protocols, this year’s Lower Elementary cultural residency week will be a virtual experience. The residency work will complement Lower El’s ongoing, in-depth study of North America. For many weeks they have been focused on studying the continent’s geography, ecology, maps, countries, and cultural traditions.

Lower El children will study with guest teaching artist, musician Reggie Harris. Their focus will be African American music and its influence on our lives. The week will conclude with a virtual sharing session.

Reggie is a songwriter, storyteller, and lecturer who has traveled the world for more than 40 years performing for audiences of all ages. He has appeared at thousands of schools, concert halls, and universities in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, using music and story to bring history alive. 

Reggie is one of the foremost presenters of the songs of the Underground Railroad and of the Modern Civil Rights Movement. 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. Reggie leads civil rights pilgrimages throughout the Southern U.S. and is a 2018 recipient of the Children’s Music Network’s “Magic Penny Award” in recognition for a lifetime of excellence in performance and education.