(Jan. 18, 2011)--In celebration of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, the UTSA Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs will present singer, composer, scholar, teacher and social activist Bernice Johnson Reagon, who will speak on "The Song Culture of the Civil Rights Movement" at 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 22 in the University Center Ballroom (1.104) on the Main Campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Reagon will present an evening of education and entertainment for the UTSA community and friends. The performer, activist and songwriter has for more than 40 years been singing, preaching and teaching traditional African-American music and its cultural history.
Born in 1942 in southwest Georgia, she offers an African-American woman's voice with insights on the struggle against racism in America during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Reagon's life and work supports the concept of community-based culture with an enlarged capacity for respect for self, for those who seem to be different than us, for our homes and for the environment including the planet that sustains life as we know it.
The event is sponsored by the UTSA Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Campus Activities Board, Campus Recreation, University Center, Student Activities, Division of Student Affairs and the Inclusion and Community Engagement Center.
For more information, contact Francisco Lugo at 210-458-4728.
UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.
For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.
Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.
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