Reggie Harris is a singer, songwriter, storyteller and educator. A passionate, engaging entertainer and concert artist who draws on the lessons of history, Harris is recognized for focusing new energy on the important role of music in the struggle for human rights. His deep knowledge of the music of the underground railroad and the modern civil rights movement has shaped presentations for schools and professional development programs for teachers as well as contributed to his recordings.
Harris is a teaching artist with the Kennedy Center’s Changing Education Through the Arts program and Co-President and Music Director for the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Living Legacy Project, which offers learning experiences about the American civil rights movement. As a Visiting Fellow for the Council of Independent Colleges, he shares his music and knowledge on college campuses. The Children’s Music Network presented their Magic Penny Award to him in 2018, honoring a lifetime of achievement in empowering children through music and putting him in the company of fellow winners such as Pete Seeger and Fred Rogers.
Harris has toured the world for more than forty years performing folk music and telling stories. He has released two solo albums, most recently last year’s “On Solid Ground,” which was second on the Folk Alliance International (FAI) DJ Radio chart for 2021, when FAI presented their Spirit of Folk Award to him. “On Solid Ground” is a collection of thirteen songs compiled in response to the challenges and changes in American civic circles stirred by the COVID pandemic and the racial and political unrest that erupted after the murders of George Floyd and so many others. Harris’s leadership in racial and interfaith dialogue continues to open opportunities for courageous conversation and understanding. Please enjoy his uplifting program of music and stories for the Lyceum.
Moderator Steve Schuch is a Grammy-nominated composer, singer/songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Credits include his work with The Night Heron Consort, PBS soundtracks, and five national book awards for his musical story, A Symphony of Whales. Steve’s latest project, "America the Dream,” seeks to bring people together through song, with choral arrangements weaving together “America the Beautiful” and Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream for all Americans.